Mitsubishi H-60 is a Japanese-made multi-purpose helicopter manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industry since 1987.
The Mitsubishi H-60 helicopter was designed by Japanese aircraft manufacturers together with aircraft developers from the US company Sikorsky Aircraft. As the basis and base for starting the development, the model of the American Sikorsky S-70 helicopter was taken, which is very clearly traced in the appearance of both aircraft, however, in terms of flight and technical characteristics, aircraft radically differ from each other.
Many people mistakenly believe that the Mitsubishi H-60 helicopter is one of the Sikorsky S-70 models since, in reality, the release was made exclusively by the Japanese company Mitsubishi Heavy Industry, which is also stated in the documents of the Sikorsky Aircraft company, whose specialists, in fact, only helped to improve the design of the model to ensure the highest flight performance of this air vehicle.
The helicopter model Mitsubishi H-60 made its first lift into the air in 1987, however, due to the need for some technical improvements and serialization of the aircraft, the helicopter production began only in 1991.
The sufficiently wide functionality of the Mitsubishi H-60 aircraft allows it to be used both as an independent combat unit and as a search and rescue vehicle, as a patrol or transport aircraft, which led to the rather large popularity of this helicopter.
Depending on its intended purpose, as well as modifications, the following weapons can be used onboard the Mitsubishi H-60 helicopter:
- Machine gun caliber 7.62 mm.;
- Set of anti-ship and anti-submarine torpedoes;
- A set of anti-tank missiles;
- Deep sea charges.
The crew of the Mitsubishi H-60 helicopter consists of three people, including two pilots and one shooter, while onboard this aircraft can also carry 6 people or cargo that does not exceed the maximum take-off weight of this aircraft.
The Mitsubishi H-60 model helicopter has a power plant consisting of two Ishikawa-Harima T700-IHI-401C turboshaft aircraft engines, each of which has a thrust of 1800 hp, which accordingly allows the aircraft to accelerate to a maximum flight speed of 265 km \ hours, and to overcome distances up to 585 kilometers.
According to official data at the end of 2014, over the entire production period, 178 aircraft of this model were built by Japanese aircraft manufacturers, which also includes the following options and modifications:
- Mitsubishi XSH-60J – prototype aircraft;
- Mitsubishi SH-60J – modification developed for the Naval Forces of Japan;
- Mitsubishi UH-60J – search and rescue version of the aircraft;
- Mitsubishi UH-60JA – a multi-purpose version of the helicopter developed for the ground forces of the territorial defense of Japan;
- Mitsubishi USH-60K – an experimental prototype of an aircraft;
- Mitsubishi SH-60K is a production version of the Mitsubishi USH-60K version.
- Crew: 3 people (depending on version);
- Capacity: 6 people (depending on version);
- Length: 19.8 m.;
- Height: 5.2 m. (Depending on version);
- The diameter of the rotor: 16.4 m. (Depending on version);
- The mass of the empty helicopter: 7100 kg. (Depending on version);
- Maximum take-off weight: 9750 kg. (Depending on version);
- Cruising speed: 240 km \ h. (Depending on version);
- Maximum flight speed: 265 km \ h. (Depending on version);
- Maximum flight range: 585 km. (Depending on version);
- Maximum flight height: 5790 m.;
- Powerplant: 2 × Ishikawa-Harima T700-IHI-401C;
- Power: 2 × 1800 hp