Sikorsky UH–60 Black Hawk

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Product Type:
Twin-Engine Utility Helicopter

Using Service (US):

Program Status:
Full Rate Production (UH-60M)

Prime Contractor:
Sikorsky Aircraft (Lockheed Martin)

The U.S. Army's UH-60 Black Hawk Utility Helicopter

About the UH-60 Black Hawk:

By Forecast International /// The following is a snapshot of the UH-60 program. For complete data and a forecast outlook, please view our Rotorcraft Forecast


The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-bladed, single-rotor, medium-lift, utility helicopter. The latest configuration, the UH-60M, is powered by two General Electric T700-GE-701D turboshaft engines with 1,994 shp each. The older UH-60L is powered by the less powerful 1,890 shp T700-GE-701C.

The Black Hawk is designed to carry a crew of four and a combat equipped squad of 11 or an equal cargo load. It is also capable of carrying external loads of up to 9,000 lbs. The UH-60 can be fitted with stub wings to carry additional fuel tanks or weapons.

The UH-60M has four wide-chord composite rotor blades, foldable main and tail rotor blades, foldable tail pylon and stabilator dual redundant and isolated flight controls, and dual crashworthy and self-sealing fuel tanks. The aircraft can tolerate small arms fire and most high-explosive, medium-caliber (23mm) ammunition. The Black Hawk has two sliding cargo doors with pop-out egress windows, two jettisonable cockpit doors, and a three point dual OLEO landing gear with 'kneeling' capability. The fly-by-wire digital glass cockpit comes with multi-functional displays from Rockwell Collins; a four-axis fully coupled flight director (autopilot); a H-764G dual embedded GPS inertial navigation (aka dual EGI) system from Honeywell; AN/AMS-2 integrated stormscope; LN-200 inertial measurement unit from Northrop Grumman; AN/ARC-231 Airborne Communication System from Raytheon including two UHF/VHF AM/FM radios; five digital ICS stations; automatic direction finder; VOR/ILS, digital map; and a Goodrich Integrated Vehicle Health Management System (IHVMS). Also, the UH-60M is equipped with the AN/AVS-7 ANVIS/HUD (Aviator's Night Vision System/Head-Up Display) system from Elbit as well as a Goodrich AN/AVR-2B(V) Laser Warning System (LWS).

The UH-60 Black Hawk can perform a wide array of missions, including the tactical transport of troops, electronic warfare, and aeromedical evacuation. For example, it can reposition a 105mm Howitzer, its crew of six, and lift up to 30 rounds of 105mm ammunition in a single lift.

The Black Hawk made its first flight in October 1974 (YUH-60A) and has been in service with the U.S. Army since June 1979 (UH-60A). The UH-60 was designed to replace the UH-1 as the Army's primary tactical transport helicopter. The UH-60A was produced from 1978 to 1988. In 1989, production of the UH-60L with improved engines and drive train began. According to Sikorsky, approximately 1,500 A and L models were delivered to the U.S. Army + 600 aircraft to international customers. Variants of the Black Hawk have been sold to 25 international customers, including Brazil, Columbia, Israel, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates.

The need for an all-new UH-60M Black Hawk emerged in the late 1990s with the requirement to upgrade older, analog UH-60A and UH-60L Black Hawks with an integrated digital glass cockpit, dual digital flight controls, wide-chord rotor blades, more powerful engines + various structural enhancements. The UH-60M provides significant improvements to aircraft control, survivability, lift, range, navigation and situational awareness, engine durability, and maintenance costs. Sikorsky delivered the first full rate production UH-60M in December 2007 - preceded by 31 low rate initial production (LRIP) aircraft delivered from 2005-2007. The first U.S. Army HH-60M MEDEVAC helicopter (outfitted with a dedicated clinical cabin) was delivered in August 2008.

In July 2012, Sikorsky announced the delivery of the 500th H-60M Series Black Hawk helicopter.


The UH-60V is a digital cockpit upgrade program for the Army's UH-60L fleet. The upgrade provides an integrated digital map, integrated performance planning, common functionality and commonality of training with UH-60M. Upgraded UH-60L helicopters become UH-60 "V" models.


The UH-60 Black Hawk is equipped with two 7.62mm machine guns and can carry AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and 2.75 inch Hydra 70 rockets.

UH-60 Production Forecast:

A 15-year UH-60 production forecast is available through Forecast International's Platinum Forecast System, which includes a breakout of total market unit and value statistics by manufacturer and end-user. This real-time service also includes information on all prime and subcontractors, contract awards, worldwide inventories, a complete program history, and a rationale detailing the outlook of the program. A 10-year UH-60 production forecast is also available in report format through Forecast International's Rotorcraft Forecast service.


The Black Hawk provides a highly maneuverable, air transportable, troop carrying helicopter for all intensities of conflict, without regard to geographical location orenvironmental conditions. It moves troops, equipment and supplies into combat and performs aeromedical evacuation and multiple functions in support of the U.S. Army's air mobility doctrine for employment of ground forces.

FY 2023 & FY 2024 - UH-60 DoD Program:

This data is available in Forecast International's U.S. Defense Budget Forecast, a comprehensive analytical database containing historical and forecast budget figures, year-to-year funding comparisons, congressional budget markups, program justification documents, and much more.

Sources: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Sikorsky, Rockwell Collins,
Northrop Grumman, and General Electric Co.

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