Agusta started to build Sikorsky’s Model 61 – equivalent to the US Navy’s SH-3D Sea King – for the Italian navy in 1967. A whole sorios of specialized military and civil variants followed, and the HH-3F, operated by the Italian air force as the S-61R Pelican, was still in production 30 years later. Other S-61s have been exported and license-built for military and civil operators in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.
A Ail-weather capability
This Italian example has a nose – mounted search radar to assist during rescue operations.
▼ Home grown
The Italian company Augusta obtainod a liconso from Sikorsky to build the Sea King.
Tho S-61 designation applies to export versions of tho Anti-Submarinos-Warfaro Sea King.
>• The first flight of tho helicopter was on March 11, 1959.
► Mitsubishi also builds tho S-61 undor license in Japan.
> For anti-ship operations, the Sea King can carry two Exocet missiles, which have a range of up to 145 km (90 miles).
> The helicopter Is capable of landing on water in an emergency.
> A British civil S-61N Is used In the Falkland Islands for transport dutios.