The MH-60T is an all-weather, medium-range helicopter (specialized for search and rescue) similar to the Navy MH-60R and MH-60S Seahawk, with its basic roots in the Army H-60 Blackhawk. The service began to operate the MH-60J in 1990 as a replacement to the now-retired HH-3F Pelican. The MH-60T is typically operated by a crew of four and all Coast Guard H-60 Air Stations currently fly the MH-60T.
There are 42+ total MH-60Ts in the Coast Guard air fleet. The MH-60T upgrade consisted of a Rockwell Collins Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS). CAAS is an integrated "glass" cockpit which provides updated avionics and integrated Electro-optical Sensor System with recording capability via a removable memory module. CAAS also replaces legacy radios with the AN/ARC 210, ARC 220 and the RT-5000/SAR radios.
The MH-60T is located at nine Coast Guard and ATC Mobile Air Stations, equipped with sensors and equipment for search and rescue missions. The long-term plan is for all rotary-wing Coast Guard Air Stations to operate the MH-60T as a replacement to the MH-65 Dolphin. Former US Navy HH-60Fs are now being converted to MH-60T specifications at the Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center (ALC) in Elizabeth City, NC.
- Power PlantTwo 1,560 shp General Electric T700-GE-401C turboshaft engines
- Max Speed: 180 knots
- Service Ceiling: 13,000 ft
- Range: Approximately 600 nautical miles
- Empty: 14,500 lbs
- Gross Weight: 21,884 lbs
- Rotor Diameter: 53ft 8in
- Length: 64ft 10inHeight: 17ftMain Rotor Disc Area: 2,261 sq ft