SIKORSKY S-70 "BLACK HAWK"
The legendary "Black Hawk" is a versatile transport helicopter, the prototype of which, the YUH-60, first flew in October 1974. Since then, over 2,600 of this helicopter have been built in various, ever evolving incarnations.
In Austria the S-70A-42 is used, a variant of the US Army's UH-60L "Black Hawk" export version which has been specially adapted to the needs of the Austrian Armed Forces. The crew of each of the nine "Black Hawks" stationed in Langenlebarn consists of a pilot and co-pilot plus – depending on the operation – one to two flight engineers. The helicopter's main role is to transport troops (max. 14) and passengers (max. 19 people, seated, no baggage, in emergencies up to 25 people) as well as light casualties or equipment as internal/external cargo. The helicopter can be equipped with additional hardware such as stretchers, winches, water tanks and additional tanks. Boasting two 1,940 hp powerplants, the S-70A-42 is also ideal for mountain rescue operations – and because it is capable of de-icing the main and tail rotors, the helicopter is able to fly in challenging winter weather conditions.
Facts & Figures
|In service with AAF since||2002|
|Main rotor diameter||16.36 m|
|Total length||19.76 m|
|Total height||5.33 m|
|Empty weight||5,224 kg|
|Max. takeoff weight with external payload||10,658 kg|
|Maximum speed||360 km/h|
|Cruising speed||280 km/h|
|Powerplant||2x General Electric T700-GE-701C|
|Power||2x 1,940 hp|
|Display||Flying + Static|