The MH-60R Seahawk is one of the most capable ASW helicopters
The MH-60R Seahawk is a multi-mission helicopter, operated by the US Navy. It is also referred as Romeo. It is a further development of the SH-60B Seahawk, which in turn is based on the US Army UH-60 Black Hawk. Development of the MH-60R began in 1993. It was designed to combine features of the SH-60B and SH-60F anti-submarine ωɑɾʄɑɾε helicopters. First low-rate initial production helicopters were remanufactured form the SH-60Bs. However subsequent helicopters were newly built. The MH-60R was first deployed in 2009. Currently this helicopter is used by the US Navy (over 100 units) and Royal Australian Navy.
Main missions of the MH-60R Seahawk are Anti-Submarine ധąɾƒąɾҽ (ASW) and Anti-Surface ധąɾƒąɾҽ (ASuW). This helicopter can detect and track submarines and surface ships and αttαck with torpedoes and missiles. Secondary missions are search and rescue, combat search and rescue, vertical replenishment, medical evacuation and insertion and extraction of special forces. This helicopter is operated by a crew of 4 in anti-submarine ωɑɾʄɑɾε role and crew of 5 in anti-surface ωɑɾʄɑɾε role. It can also accommodate additional passengers.
The Seahawk has advanced mission systems and sensors. It carries advanced airborne active sonar, multi-mode search radar and nose-mounted forward-looking infrared (FLIR) turret. Its multi-mode search radar has an automatic periscope detection and discrimination capability. Also it carries air-launched sonobuoys. However magnetic anomaly detector suite was removed. Data is transferred via advanced airborne fleet data link.