GARY HEBBARD COLLECTION
No. 9257. Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk (N24-013 c/n 700599) Royal Australian Navy
Photographed at St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, July 7, 2009, by Gary Hebbard

Sikorsky S-70B-2 Sehawk

09/30/2009. The S-70B-2 is an anti-submarine helicopter, similar to the USN SH-60B, fitted with RAN-specified avionics and a rescue hoist on the starboard side. Sixteen were ordered for the RAN, and the first eight were produced at West Palm Beach, Florida, and the first flew December 4, 1987, registered as N7265H (c/n 70-0461). Delivered in 1989 it received the serial N24-001 and the code 870. The second batch of eight aircraft were assembled by Aerospace Technologies Australia (ASTA) at Avalon in Victoria. All aircraft were delivered to No.816 'The Flying Tigers' Helicopter Squadron by 1992.

Note the radome, blisters, and antennas, all part of the sensor suite and integrated weapons systems, like EO/FLIR (Electro-Optical and Forward Looking Infra Red), ESM (Electronic Support Measures), CMDS (Counter Measures Dispensing System), MAD (Magnetic Anomaly Detector) search radar, missile warning, active and passive sonar, etc. The Seahawk's main weapon is the Mk.46 anti-submarine torpedo.

The Seahawk (coded 882, call sign Tiger 82) is pictured aboard the HMAS Sydney (FFG 03) Adelaide class guided-missile frigate. The vessel is, accompanied by the HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) ANZAC class guided-missile frigate, on a six month international deployment named Operation Northern Trident 2009, visiting 16 ports in 13 selected Western European, North American, Central American and Asian countries, and conducting exercises with Navies of India, Italy, France, Spain, UK, Canada, USA, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Panama and Mexico. They departed Australia on April 20, and will return late October.

Created September 30, 2009