MH-60S Fleet Combat Support Helicopter (MH-60S)
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NAVY PEO (AIR ASW ASSAULT AND SPECIAL MISSION PROGRAMS) PATUXENT RIVER MD
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The MH-60S Multi-Mission Helicopter Sea Combat HSC support helicopters fielded as three Blocks of aircraft with slightly different capabilities. Block 1 Combat Support provides Vertical Replenishment internal transport of passengers, mail and cargo Vertical On-Board Delivery Airhead Operations and daynight Search and Rescue. Secondary roles include torpedo and drone recovery, Noncombatant Evacuation Operations, Sea Air Land and Explosive Ordnance Disposal support. Block 2 Airborne Mine Countermeasures AMCM provides an organic AMCM capability for the Littoral Combat Ship Mine Countermeasures Mission Package. Block 2A AMCM includes the Carriage, Stream, Tow and Recovery System, Common Console, and the AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System. Block 2B includes the ASQ-235 Airborne Mine Neutralization System. Block 3 Armed Helo provides the Navy with organic Surface Warfare, Force Protection, and Combat Search and Rescue capabilities. Additional Armed Helo mission areas include Naval Special Warfare and Maritime Interdiction Operations. These missions are vital to the Navys role in power projection in the littoral areas of the world. The first 50 aircraft are only capable of performing Block 1 Combat Support Missions. Aircraft 51 to 275 will be capable of performing Block 1 Combat Support Missions, as well as Block 2 AMCM missions and Block 3 Armed Helo missions with installation of ancillary kits.
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