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End of service life: US Navy is looking for replacements for its deck helicopters and UAVs

End of service life: US Navy is looking for replacements for its deck helicopters and UAVs

The U.S. Navy has begun reviewing replacement options for the MH-60R / S Seahawk's main carrier-based helicopters and the MQ-8B / C FireScout unmanned aerial vehicles. This decision is due to the fact that the service life of this equipment expires. Earlier, it was decided to extend it until about 2030, but if a new concept is implemented, this deck equipment may be decommissioned earlier.

This information was published by the Command of the Air Systems (NAVAIR) on a special government contract site

It is possible that the US Navy will join the tender for advanced vertical takeoff (FVL) vehicles, which the United States Army announced back in 2011. The US Army has planned to create five new aircraft of various types - from light reconnaissance to heavy transport.

But since the combat tasks facing the ground forces and fleet, have differences, the US Navy decided to announce its own FVL-MS tender. The vehicles selected by the US Navy will have to enter service by the mid-2030s.

Since the MH-60R / S and MQ-8B / C today solve a wide range of tasks facing the American marine aviation, the new technique must also be highly versatile.

The MH-60R / S helicopter has a takeoff weight of just over 10 tons. The maximum speed of this combat vehicle is 270 km / h, and the flight range is 830 kilometers. Its armament can be machine guns, torpedoes and missiles. On board, he can carry a landing of five soldiers. The device has two modifications: anti-submarine MH-60R and multifunctional MH-60S.

Unmanned aerial vehicles MQ-8B and MQ-8C are based on two multipurpose helicopters - Schweizer 333 and Bell 407. The main purpose of these drones is reconnaissance, but they can also perform strike functions.
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  1. Victor_B
    Victor_B 31 January 2021 09: 50
    Oh, really LOOKING FOR!
    Afternoon with a lantern!
    The time has come, a timely decision was made to replace the fleet.
    The same sides, only new or some new ones, will be timely and will be brought to everyone.
    1. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 31 January 2021 10: 09
      They are already looking for a replacement, we have nothing close in the series. The need for unmanned helicopters for the fleet can hardly be overestimated.
      MQ-8B and MQ-8C

      Bell recently unveiled an unmanned tiltrotor. First of all, for the tasks of the ILC.

      1. oleg-gr
        oleg-gr 31 January 2021 10: 34
        some are looking for replacement options, while others are ready to "master the budget". in such joint "work" both will benefit. gilded their handle.
        1. Sasha Minakov
          Sasha Minakov 31 January 2021 14: 31
          mourner number one
  2. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 31 January 2021 09: 52
    Everything develops its resource over time. The replacement must be prepared in time. Didn't they know the timing?
    1. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 31 January 2021 10: 27
      Replacement is planned in 10 years, is it not on time? Nothing prevents them from purchasing more MH-60R / S and MQ-8B / C. Rather, they were interested in the results of the FVL program.

  3. Doccor18
    Doccor18 31 January 2021 09: 58
    New MQ-8 Fire Scout drone helicopter entered service with the US Navy
    The US Navy has adopted a new MQ-8 Fire Scout helicopter-type carrier-based drone designed for reconnaissance and guidance of land, air and sea weapons. According to Naval News, citing the press service of the US Navy, this unit received the status of initial combat readiness.

    They all know and are preparing to replace ...
    1. Pete mitchell
      Pete mitchell 31 January 2021 23: 18
      Quote: Doccor18
      They all know and are preparing to replace ...

      These guys know how to calculate, there is no taking away. And the machine shown in the photo Rescue Hawk is very successful and very multifunctional, it will not be easy to find a replacement
  4. Eldorado
    Eldorado 31 January 2021 11: 07
    Why is there still no news that the Andreevsky flag was raised over the Grayvoron MRC in Sevastopol yesterday?
    1. nsm1
      nsm1 1 February 2021 13: 07
      The name is strange ...
      Dill tunnels ?!
      1. Eldorado
        Eldorado 1 February 2021 13: 24
        Graivoron is a city in the south of Russia in the Belgorod region.
  5. orionvitt
    orionvitt 31 January 2021 16: 19
    Service life expires
    It's okay, it will be prolonged. laughing
  6. Lord of the Sith
    Lord of the Sith 31 January 2021 18: 45
    They will be replaced with any expensive rubbish, and they will cut even more dough from the budget, as the Yankees love, know how and practice)))