S-61/SH-3 Sea King

• Anti-submarine helicopter • In service for 30 years

Подпись:S-61/SH-3 Sea KingAs a true rotorcraft pioneer, Sikorsky was quick to realise the potential of the helicopter for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations. With its HSS-1 Sea Bat already in service, Sikorsky designed the HSS-2 Sea King as its turbine- engined replacement. The company could not have realised that the Sea King would become one of the world’s most important helicopters, in service with the US Navy (USN) and many export customers.

Sikorsky S-61/SH-3 Sea King

S-61/SH-3 Sea King▼ Topex

An SH-3H. belonging to HS-9 from Carrier Air Wing 8 aboard the USS Nimitz. ttios in company with a Brazilian Navy machine during the annual ‘Topex’ anti-submarino warfare exercise in tho Atlantic.

Подпись: A Space rescue Sea Kings wore used for rocovonng astronauts after the Apollo lunar landings.
S-61/SH-3 Sea King

S-61/SH-3 Sea KingDual-role helicopter ►

In the early /970s tho USN needed a helicopter to perform both plane guard and ASW duties aboard its attack earners and tho SH-3 proved ideal.

▼ Enduring design

Despite being in servico for nearly 40 years, the outward appearance of the S-61 has surprisingly changed very little, though the latost versions arc considerably more capable than early variants.

S-61/SH-3 Sea King

► Sea Kings wero heavily involved in Vietnam, rescuing many downed USN pilots during the long contlict.

► A small number of RH-ЗА minesweeper variants entered servico in 1964.

► Tho Royal Canadian Navy was the first export customer, ordortng 41 of the type.

>• Acronautiche Giovanni Agusta acquired a licence to assemble Sea Kings for the Italian air forco and navy.

► Argentina is unique in that it operates both Sikorsky and Agusta built examples.

► The SH-3 has been replaced by aboard USN carriers by the SH-60F Sea Hawk.

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Export customers included Argentina. Bm/il. < anaiia, Denmark. Iran, Italy. Japan, Malaysia Peru. Spain, and the I K. Several of these deals have included production licences



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■ SPANISH SH-ЗО: True smart example is one of a batch of ex-USN machines transferred to Spain These have been upgraded to SH-3H standard and vwvn with Escuadniia 001

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