Primary Function: Infiltration, and resupply of special operations forces in day, night or marginal weather conditions.
Contractor: Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
Crew: One pilot, one flight engineer and one gunner (able to carry up to 4 fully equipped troops)
Unit Cost: $10.1 million
Length: 64 feet, 8 inches (17.1 meters)
Rotor Diameter: 53 feet, 7 inches (14.1 meters)
Height: 16 feet, 8 inches (4.4 meters)
Empty: 11,516 lb
Maximum Takeoff: 22,000 pounds (9,900 kilograms)
Speed: 184 mph (294.4 kph)
Ceiling: (ISA day) 19,1510 ft
Range: 445 nautical miles; 504 statute miles (unlimited with air refueling)
2 machine guns, 2 Hellfire anti-tank missiles or 2 rocket pods, mine dispensers
About this creation
The Redbird has been in the US arsenal for over 20 years and counting with over 1,500 army helis serving in active duty and national guard units worldwide. It can carry 4 fully equipped troops on practically any type of mission. The C-Class is the most advanced twin-turbine military helicopter in the world. It is able to lift 22,000lb, exterior, and carry 9.000lb of external loads.
The C-Class was made to last, with a built-in tolerance to small arms fire and most medium-caliber high-explosive projectiles, as well as a specially designed airframe/landing gear. Many variations of the Redbird have taken shape; the MH-60K Special Operations aircraft, the HH-60J JAYHAWK (U.S. Coast Guard), EH-60A electronic warfare, the VH-60 executive transport helicopter, and many more.