The legendary Black Hawk is a versatile transport helicopter. Its prototype, YUH-60, made its maiden flight in October 1974. Over 2,600 helicopters of this type have been built in numerous and continuously improving variants since then.
The S-70A-42 is in service in Austria. It is a variant of the export version of the US Army UH-60L Black Hawk specially adapted to the needs of the Austrian Federal Armed Forces. The crew of the nine Black Hawks stationed in Langenlebarn consists of a pilot and co-pilot and – depending on the mission – one or two onboard engineers.
Its main application is troop transportation (max. 14 soldiers) and passengers (max. 19 persons on seats without luggage, in emergencies even up to 25 persons), as well as lightly injured persons, or equipment as an internal or external load. Additional equipment such as stretchers, winches, fire buckets, and additional tanks are available for this purpose. Its two 1,940hp engines make the S-70A-42 particularly suited for use in mountainous – and thanks to a de-icing system for the rotor blades and tail rotor, flights are possible even in bad winter weather conditions.
The S-70 “Black Hawk”, which is successfully deployed in 24 states worldwide, offers its occupants a high level of protection and safety (crash resistance) and is characterized by low personnel and maintenance requirements.
Currently, 9 Black Hawks are in service with the Austrian Armed Forces, and 3 more have been ordered to increase the fleet to a total of 12.