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The UH-60 Black Hawk is a medium-lift utility and transport helicopter featured in ArmA: Cold War Assault, ArmA: Armed Assault, and ArmA 2.

ArmA: Cold War Assault

UH-60
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Faction United States
Type Transport Helicopter
Seats 14 seats:
  • 1× Pilot
  • 1× Co-Pilot
  • 12× Passengers
Item capacity Max:
  • 3× Weapons
  • 20× Magazines
Top speed ~ 270 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 5,670 m
Fuel capacity 1000 L
Primary armament Rocket Loadout only:
  • 2× FFAR Rocket Pods

MG Loadout only:

  • 1× M2 .50 HMG
Secondary armament None
Variants UH-60 MG
Games
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The ArmA: Cold War Assault UH-60 is exclusively used by U.S. military forces.

Overview

  • Roles:
    • Troop transport
    • Light gunship
« Possibly the most versatile helicopter of the Western Forces, Blackhawk is primarily designed for air assault, air cavalry and aeromedical evac. Despite its designation as utility craft, including transport capability of up to fourteen fully equipped soldiers, Blackhawk also can carry weaponry and armor. In addition, modified Blackhawks served as command and control, electronic warfare or special ops platforms.
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Design

The UH-60 is a four-bladed, twin-engine transport helicopter that is designed as a front-line utility helicopter used for air assault, air cavalry, and aeromedical evacuation purposes.

Armament
It can be armed with either a single right side door-mounted .50 cal heavy machine gun, or twin fixed forward-facing 70 mm rocket pods.

The M2 HMG feeds from a single 500 round belt, while each of the FFAR rocket pods are loaded with 19 70 mm rockets fitted with high-explosive (HE) warheads (for a combined total of 38 rockets).

Features
The UH-60 was the primary transport helicopter of the U.S. military at the height of the Cold War.

Replacing the venerable but drastically outdated UH-1 series of light helicopters, the UH-60 is better in almost every way and has increased troop capacity, cargo lift capability, as well as improved armour plating (and therefore survivability).

Mobility
Compared to its Soviet counterpart, the UH-60 flies faster and handles better at high speeds due to being nimbler. It is also better armoured and has slight resistance against moderate amounts of small arms fire (though not against calibres ranging from 7.62 mm and above).

Drawbacks
However, it isn't nearly as efficient when serving in a gunship role due to carrying far less munitions. This is due to its stub wings being shorter and therefore restricting it to fitting only two rocket pods at a time. The Soviet Mi-17 on the other hand, has six rocket pods installed and is able to store and fire up to 192 rockets (in contrast to the UH-60's 38).

Crew Capacity
The UH-60 can transport up to twelve passengers at a time, and has a crew that consists of the pilot and a co-pilot, who also doubles as a gunner and controls the UH-60's weapon systems (regardless of variant).

Variants

HMG armed variant. Virtually identical in all aspects aside from the stub wings and rocket pods being removed in favour of a right side door mounted .50 cal HMG.

Transports the same number of passengers as the baseline variant.

Trivia

  • In reality, the UH-60 MG would have weapons mounted on both side doors. Due to technical limitations with the early versions of the Real Virtuality engine used in Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis (the initial release name of Cold War Assault) however, the in-game version is only armed with a single HMG on the right side door.

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ArmA: Armed Assault

Black Hawk
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Faction - U.S. Army
- RACS
Type Utility Helicopter
Seats Transport variants: 17 seats:
  • 1× Pilot
  • 1× Co-Pilot
  • 2× Side Gunners
  • 13× Passengers

FFAR variant: 15 seats:

  • 1× Pilot
  • 1× Co-Pilot
  • 13× Passengers
Item capacity Max:
  • 30× Weapons
  • 150× Magazines
Top speed 270 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 4,000 m
Fuel capacity 1000 L
Primary armament Transport variants only:
  • 2× M134 7.62 mm

FFAR Loadout only:

  • 2× FFAR Rocket Pods
Secondary armament None
Variants Standard, UH-60 (FFAR), UH-60 (RACS)
Games
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The ArmA: Armed Assault UH-60 Black Hawk is primarily used by the U.S. Army as well as in limited numbers with RACS military forces.

Overview

  • Roles:
    • Troop transport
    • Light gunship
« The Blackhawk is the US Army’s front-line utility helicopter used for transport roles, medical evacuation and even air support.
It is capable of carrying 11 combat equiped soldiers. Easy to maintain in the field, the Blackhawk performs well in a variety of roles, including air assault and medical evacuation.
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Design

The Armed Assault UH-60 is essentially an updated version of the Cold War Assault UH-60. There are few differences, save that the new UH-60 is better equipped to handle different threats.

Features
It is available in three variants; the standard troop transport variants used by the U.S. Army and another by the RACS, and a third model that is armed with twin rocket pods.

The transport variants of the UH-60 are equipped with twin 7.62 mm miniguns fitted to the side doors on both sides of the helicopter.

Each M134 minigun feeds from a single 2,000-round linked belt (for a combined total of 4,000 rounds). The FFAR-equipped variant on the other hand, is armed with twin 70 mm rocket pods that each contain up to 19 rockets fitted with HE warheads.

Unlike the Cold War Assault UH-60, the Armed Assault UH-60 can now transport one additional passenger (13 versus 12) and is slightly better when it comes to suppressing enemies thanks to its door-mounted miniguns.

The twin M134s can fire off hundreds of 7.62 mm rounds in the span of a few seconds at enemy infantry and light vehicles in both directions, rather than being restricted to using a slow-firing machine gun like the Mi17, or the fixed forward-facing rocket pods on the Cold War Assault UH-60.

Mobility
All variants of the UH-60 have far better aerodynamics and higher top speeds compared to the SLA's Mi17. Since its airframe isn't as bulky as the latter, the UH-60 can easily land in tight spaces without too much difficulty.

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UH-60s under fire from SLA 9K32s.

Drawbacks
The UH-60's FFAR variant suffers from the same problems as its Cold War Assault counterpart, namely that it doesn't carry many rockets as part of its default loadout.

Though the minigun-armed variants are much better for suppression purposes due to their higher rate of fire and ammunition capacity (versus the Mi17's slow firing and 100-round only PKT machine gun), the same cannot be said for the UH-60's FFAR pods as they carry 58 rockets less in total. In essence, this makes the FFAR-armed UH-60 far less useful as a light gunship since it will need to rearm after just a single strafing run.

Crew Capacity
All variants of the UH-60 contain enough seats for a crew that consists of the pilot and a co-pilot. They are capable of transporting up to thirteen passengers at a time (the co-pilot is considered to be the thirteenth).

The regular transport variants also contain two additional seats for crew chiefs who operate the side door miniguns.

Camouflage

  • Olive: Olive drab paint scheme. Only used on U.S. Army UH-60s.
  • Desert: Desert tan paint scheme. Used exclusively by RACS-operated UH-60s.

Variants

Baseline troop transport variant.

It is armed with twin M134 7.62 mm miniguns fixed to the crew doors on both sides of the helicopter. The M134s each feed from a single 2,000-round linked belt.

It can transport up to thirteen passengers at once.

Light gunship troop transport variant.

The twin M134s and side gunner positions have been removed on this variant, and are instead replaced with stub wings attached to the airframe. The stub wings contain FFAR 70 mm rocket pods that contain 19 rockets fitted with HE warheads (for a combined total of 38 rockets).

Transports the same number of passengers as the baseline troop transport model.

Identical to the baseline troop transport UH-60. This variant is exclusively used by the RACS and has its own unique camouflage scheme.

There are otherwise no functional or aesthetic differences to the regular UH-60.

Trivia

  • UH-60s in Armed Assault are based on the "L" variant of the real-world Black Hawk.
  • The RACS variant of the UH-60 was not added until the release of the Queen's Gambit expansion pack.
    • An unused version of the FFAR variant with a RACS paint scheme is hidden by default in the editor, though it can still be created via script.

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ArmA 2

Black Hawk
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Faction U.S. Army
Type Utility Helicopter
Seats Armed variant: 17 seats:
  • 1× Pilot
  • 1× Co-Pilot
  • 2× Side Gunners
  • 13× Passengers

MEV variant: 9 seats:

  • 1× Pilot
  • 1× Co-Pilot
  • 7× Passengers
Item capacity Max:
  • 30× Weapons
  • 150× Magazines
  • 10× Backpacks
Top speed 295 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 5,644 m
Fuel capacity 600 L
Primary armament Armed only:
  • 2× M134 7.62 mm
Secondary armament Defensive:
  • 60× Countermeasures (Chaff/Flare)
Variants UH-60M MEV, MH-60S
Games
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The ArmA 2 UH-60M Black Hawk is exclusively operated by U.S. Army forces. It was added with the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.

Overview

  • Roles:
    • Utility helicopter
    • Troop transport
    • Aeromedical evacuation
« The Blackhawk is the US Army’s front-line utility helicopter. The Blackhawks performs well in a variety of roles including troop transport, medical evacuation and even the air support. It is capable of carrying 11 combat equipped soldiers or equal load.
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Design

The UH-60M is the latest iteration of the Black Hawk family that was designed to replace the UH-60A. The UH-60M provides additional payload and range, has an enhanced avionics suite, and has easier handling due to using a new composite spar wide-chord blade.

General improvements to the cockpit were also made with the inclusion of multi-functional displays.

Features
It is available in two variants; the standard armed troop transport model, and a unarmed sub-variant that is designed to ferry and provide medical assistance to wounded troops.

The armed variant of the UH-60M is equipped by default with twin miniguns fitted to both of the side doors positioned just behind the cockpit. Each minigun feeds from a single 2,000 round 7.62 mm belt for a combined total of 4,000 rounds.

Both function and purpose-wise, the UH-60M is mostly identical to its Armed Assault predecessor and the USMC's MH-60S in several ways.

It is designed to be able to drop off an entire squad's worth of troops in one go (with additional seats to spare), suppress enemies with its mounted weapons, and evacuate troops from any kind of landing zone.

Drawbacks
One downside to the ArmA 2 UH-60M is that a dedicated, rocket pod-equipped variant is no longer available. This means that the UH-60M is exclusively limited to being a transport helicopter and can no longer serve as a rudimentary light gunship.

Crew Capacity
Regardless of the variant, the UH-60M always has a seating capacity of two for a crew that consists of the pilot and a co-pilot; the latter actually being considered as the fourteenth or eighth passenger depending on the variant.

Variants

Unarmed medevac transport. This variant can be identified by its high-visibility red crystal markings located on the front and both sides of the airframe.

It is mostly identical visually and functionality-wise to the baseline UH-60M, but has stub wings attached to both sides of the fuselage where the door gunners would be that carry (purely cosmetic) external fuel tanks on pylons.

Can transport up to seven passengers.

Avionics

MAWS

No variants of the Black Hawk possess a Missile Approach Warning System, and will not alert the pilot of incoming missiles that are already mid-flight and locked onto it.

RWR

The Black Hawk has a Radar Warning Receiver, and will alert the pilot of being locked onto by radar-based targeting systems.

IWR

The Black Hawk has an Infrared Warning Receiver, and will alert the pilot of being locked onto by infrared-based targeting systems.

Trivia

  • Despite being clearly modelled with external fuel tanks, the MEV variant does not benefit from carrying "additional" fuel and has the same maximum capacity as the regular UH-60M.

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See also

Variants

Aircraft of comparable role and configuration