Saturday, October 31, 2015

Post Script of the US Naval Aviation

The last post mentioned multimission air wings of the US Navy and Marine Corps, particularly about helicopters. They are used both in combat and support missions, as typically seen in MH-60 Seahawk. Currently, this helicopter is divided into two variants. One is MH-60R Romeo, which focuses on electric warfare, and anti-submarine or anti-surface combat, with advanced radar and sensors.

MH-60R Romeo

The other is MH-60S Sierra, which is used for search, rescue, special force deployment, and other utility missions. Both Romeo and Sierra are derived from Army UH-60 Black Hawk, and share common platform design.

In addition to multimission use, quick and deep troop transportation into the land is a vital role for Marine heavy lift cargo helicopters. Currently, they are replacing CH-53E Super Stallion, or Echo with CH-53K King Stallion, or Kilo. This will enhance quick response capability.

Fixed wing aircraft are also used for multimission with a single platform. Though C-130J Super Hercules is a transport and aerial refueling plane, it is also applied for close air support missions. Helicopters and logistical planes are utilized for numerous sorts of missions as mentioned here.

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