Developed by Sikorsky, the US Army’s Black Hawk helicopter first entered service in 1978 and has since been upgraded several times. Now, more than 4,000 Black Hawks are in service with 29 countries, including 2,135 in the US alone.
The Black Hawk helicopter is an incredibly versatile aircraft, able to conduct air assaults, transport troops and supplies, medivac wounded soldiers, serve as a command and control center, and more.
And we got to see the HH-60M MEDEVAC Black Hawk version up-close.
Here’s what we saw:
The army first received the HH-60M MEDEVAC variant in 2012.
It’s operated by a four-person crew: pilot, co-pilot, flight medic, and crew chief.
It has a top speed of nearly 162 mph.
And a maximum range of 275 nautical miles.
Captain Shaeffer, who gave us a tour of the chopper, then showed us the Talon thermal imaging system mounted under the nose.
The Talon is used for “surveillance, reconnaissance, target acquisition and tracking, force protection, and search-and-rescue (SAR) operations,” according to army-technology.com.