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The UH-80 Ghost Hawk is a medium-lift utility helicopter used by both NATO forces and CTRG operatives in ArmA 3.

Overview[]

  • Roles:
    • Utility helicopter
    • Troop transport
« The UH-80 Ghost Hawk is a BLUFOR medium-lift utility helicopter with stealth design. The Ghost Hawk was developed for special operations with a focus on deployment and extraction of troops undetected by enemy radar. Some pilots say the stealth design hindered the versatility of the helicopter compared to its predecessor, the UH-60. Nevertheless, the Ghost Hawk is now used as a primary transport helicopter in the BLUFOR army.
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Design[]

The Ghost Hawk is a five-bladed, twin engine, rotary-wing stealth helicopter designed for slingloading cargo and to transport troops into battle.

Armament
It is armed by default with twin miniguns fitted to side doors located just behind the cockpit. Both miniguns are individually fed with a single 2,000-round link belt for a combined total of 4,000 rounds.

The Ghost Hawk does not support dynamic loadouts as the door guns are unable to mount any other types of weapons, nor does it have the ability to fit any stub wings onto the fuselage.

Features
Like the AH-99 Blackfoot, the Ghost Hawk's rotors are modified so that they operate much more silently. It is more difficult to hear a Ghost Hawk flying in from afar compared to the Mohawk or the PO-30, both of which can be easily heard from many kilometres away.

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Laying down suppressive fire with the 6.5 mm minigun.

The stealthy design of the airframe also makes it difficult to detect by fighter radars and can easily blend into ground clutter provided that the pilot flies nap-of-the-earth. Unlike its AAF counterpart, the Ghost Hawk is always armed by default. This means that it is less risky to drop or pick up troops/cargo in a hot landing zone since the Ghost Hawk's door gunners can suppress the enemy, whereas the Mohawk cannot do the same without an escort providing cover for it.

Mobility
The Ghost Hawk is fairly agile and is second only to the Blackfoot in terms of manoeuvrability. While not nearly as fast as the Mohawk, it is simpler to fly and has overall better stability.

Drawbacks
Though the Ghost Hawk is durable enough to sustain a small amount of ground fire, in terms of protection it remains just as lightly armoured as the Mohawk. As such, it should not be flown into areas with significant anti-air threats as a single surface-to-air missile is enough to cripple (if not outright destroy) the Ghost Hawk.

Crew Capacity
The Ghost Hawk has a seating capacity of twelve personnel (including the crew). This consists of both the pilot and co-pilot, and up to ten passengers who sit on back-facing seats in the centre compartment.

Camouflage[]

  • Green: Pattern-less olive drab green paint scheme.
  • Black: Pattern-less matte black paint scheme. Used by both Mediterranean and Pacific NATO forces.
  • Sand: Two-tone dazzle pattern camouflage scheme used by CTRG forces in arid/desert environments.
  • Tropic: Two-tone dazzle pattern camouflage scheme used by CTRG forces in jungle/tropic environments.

Protection[]

The Ghost Hawk has a base armour value of 40.

Hull[]

Hull damage is calculated based on the integrity of other components on the Ghost Hawk. Until all other parts of the helicopter have been critically damaged, the hull itself can never be "destroyed".

Engines[]

Each of the Ghost Hawk's engines can only take up to 28 points of damage before they fail (there are two in total). They take 300% increased damage from high-explosive (HE) type munitions.

If damaged: Reduced power output and makes it difficult to gain both speed and altitude.
If destroyed: Can potentially blow up the Ghost Hawk instantly if overall status of helicopter is at critical.

Fuel tank[]

The Ghost Hawk's fuel tank is only able to withstand a maximum of 28 points of damage before it ruptures. It takes 200% increased damage from HE-type munitions.

Destroying the Ghost Hawk's fuel tank will not result in a total loss unless the helicopter's damage levels are at critical.

Instruments[]

Consists of the pilot/gunner flight instruments, Multi-Functional Displays (MFD) and Helmet Mounted Display (HMD). They can take up to 52 points of damage before failing. They take 150% additional damage from HE-type munitions.

If damaged: Occasional flickering of MFDs and HMD. Other instruments remain unaffected.
If destroyed: MFDs and HMD disabled. Instruments may not display proper readings.

Main rotor[]

The main rotor can take a maximum of 104 points of damage before suffering from failure. It takes 250% increased damage from HE-type munitions.

A disabled main rotor makes it increasingly difficult to maintain the Ghost Hawk's lift. Unless the tail rotor has also been disabled however, the Ghost Hawk can still be (reasonably) controlled at low airspeeds.

Tail rotor[]

The tail rotor can only withstand up to 52 points of damage before it fails. It takes 600% increased damage from HE-type munitions.

A disabled tail rotor will drastically increase torque from the main rotor. At low airspeeds, the Ghost Hawk will become extremely difficult to control due to constant yaw shifting to one side.

Stealth[]

The Ghost Hawk provides limited stealth against active radars and infrared sensors. Against fighter radars, it stands a better chance of remaining undetected by flying above ground clutter:

RCS[]

The Ghost Hawk has a radar cross-section rating of 0.7, which lowers the maximum detection range of active radars by 30%.

IR[]

The Ghost Hawk has reduced visibility on the infrared spectrum, and can only be detected at 80% of an infrared-based sensor's maximum range (factor of 0.8; reduction of 20%).

Visual[]

The Ghost Hawk does not apply any reductions to visual-based sensors, and can be tracked at full ranges.

Sensors[]

Designed exclusively for transporting troops, the Ghost Hawk has only one passive-type sensor available:

Sensor type Max range (Air/Ground) Min range (Air/Ground) Affected by environment? Target max speed (km/h) Azimuth coverage (°) Elevation coverage (°) Friendly identification range (m)
Passive A: 16,000 m
G: 16,000 m
A: 16,000 m
G: 16,000 m
Nothing 1e+10 km/h 360° 360° 12,000 m

Passive Radar[]

The Ghost Hawk's Passive Radar can detect Active Radar threats in any direction (regardless of the helicopter's facing direction).

Armament[]

The crew chief positions control the twin Minigun 6.5 mm turrets mounted to the side doors on each side of the airframe. The pilot does not have the ability to "control" the gunner weapons, though they can order them to hold/open fire at will on command:

Minigun 6.5 mm[]

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Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s) Penetration depth (mm)
10 -0.0009 825 12.375

Side door 6.5 mm Gatling guns.

The Minigun 6.5 mm has a muzzle velocity of 825 m/s and can attain a fire rate of up to ~ 1,800 rounds per minute[note 1]. Accuracy-wise, it has a dispersion of 0.0115 rad. It will take at least 15 seconds to resupply either of the Miniguns with a fresh belt (assuming the Ghost Hawk has been depleted and is rearming at a logistical vehicle).

Vertical rotation limits are the same for both gunners, and have a maximum elevation of 5 degrees with a depression of 50 degrees. This also applies to horizontal rotation and is limited to 160 degrees in both directions (depending on the side that the gun is mounted on).

It should be noted even though the Minigun 6.5 mm's bullets are not explosive tipped, they still inflict splash damage to any unarmoured/light armour targets that are within a 2 metre radius of wherever the bullets impact.[note 2]

Slingloading[]

Main article: Slingloading#UH-80 Ghost Hawk

The Ghost Hawk has a maximum lifting capacity of 4,000 kg and is capable of slingloading a variety of light vehicles and equipment.

However, its lifting abilities are not quite comparable to the larger CH-67 Huron or even the AAF's CH-49 Mohawk, as it cannot transport MRAPs, UGVs, any of the armed boats or the Huron's supply containers.

Trivia[]

  • The Ghost Hawk is ArmA 3's take on the real-world stealth variant of the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk that was used by U.S. forces in the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan in 2011.
  • The Ghost Hawk was not originally available in the Alpha and was only later added to ArmA 3 after the release of Game Update 0.70 (as part of the Beta).[1]
  • Prior to Game Update 1.50, the side door miniguns did not emit sound effects whenever the gunners swivelled turrets in any direction.[2]
  • Ghost Hawks adorned in CTRG's Dazzle camouflage were not originally present at launch. Both schemes were only added with the release of the Apex expansion pack.[3]
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    Pre-2.02 non-Inverse Kinematics (IK) side gunner.

    Following the release of Game Update 2.02, the side gunners now physically "use" their hands to handle the grips on the side door miniguns.[4]
    • Prior to the update, the gunners would simply "control" the gun without physically touching the weapons in the exact same way as helicopter side gunners did in previous titles (Armed Assault/ArmA 2).
  • Although not manually operable by the player, the side doors can be seen being opened in some playable showcases and certain missions throughout the main campaign's third episode.
The information below details unused, pre-release or removed content.
  • Arma3-ghosthawk-04

    Unused stub wing-fitted Ghost Hawk icons.

    While the model can no longer be found in the game files, leftover icons (Texture names: heli_transport_01_armed_ca.paa[5], map_heli_transport_01_armed_ca.paa[6]) still exist for a variant of the Ghost Hawk that would have been supposedly outfitted with external stub wings akin to the real-life External Stores Support System (ESSS).
    • This configuration would have made it similar to that of the real-world "MH-60L Direct Action Penetrator", a variant of the standard UH-60 (which the Ghost Hawk is based on) that was designed exclusively to serve as a gunship.
    • A repurposed model of the Ghost Hawk fitted with stub wings would eventually make an appearance in Mobile Ops, but as an unmanned drone for the Drone Launchpad defensive building instead.

Gallery[]

Notes[]

  1. Both of the Ghost Hawk's Miniguns have a "fake" ROF of 1,800 RPM. In actual gameplay, they only fire one projectile for every three rounds of the belt. Therefore, the true ROF of both Miniguns is actually limited to just 600 RPM.
  2. Spill damage from this ammunition type (B_65x39_Minigun_Caseless_Red_splash) remains kinetic.

References[]

  1. van 't Land, J.J. 2013, SPOTREP #00006, Arma 3, viewed 23 April 2023, <https://dev.arma3.com/post/spotrep-00006>.
  2. van 't Land, J.J. 2015, SPOTREP #00047, Arma 3, viewed 19 November 2023, <https://dev.arma3.com/post/spotrep-00047>.
  3. Kovařič, V 2016, SPOTREP #00058, Arma 3, viewed 19 November 2023, <https://dev.arma3.com/post/spotrep-00058>.
  4. van 't Land, J.J. 2021, SPOTREP #00096, Arma 3, viewed 23 April 2023, <https://dev.arma3.com/post/spotrep-00096>.
  5. ARMA 3 2013 [Video Game], Bohemia Interactive a.s., \a3\air_f_beta\heli_transport_01\data\ui\heli_transport_01_armed_ca.paa
  6. ARMA 3 2013 [Video Game], Bohemia Interactive a.s., \a3\air_f_beta\heli_transport_01\data\ui\map_heli_transport_01_armed_ca.paa

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See also[]

Aircraft of comparable role and configuration[]

Vehicles of ArmA 3
Wheeled AFV-4 GorgonAMV-7 MarshallHatchbackHEMTTHunterIfritKartMB 4WDMSE-3 MaridOffroadProwlerQilinRhino MGS (UP) • StriderSUVTempestTractorTruckQuadbikeUGV StomperVanZamak (MRL)
Tracked 2S9 SochorAWC NyxBTR-K KamyshCRV-6e BobcatED-1D Mini UGV (ED-1E) • IFV-6a CheetahIFV-6c PantherFV-720 MoraM2A1 Slammer (A4 UP) • M4 ScorcherM5 SandstormMBT-52 KumaT-100 Varsuk (X Futura) • T-140 Angara (T-140K) • ZSU-39 Tigris
Rotor-wing AH-9 PawneeAH-99 BlackfootAR-2 DarterCH-49 MohawkCH-67 HuronDemining DroneMH-9 Hummingbird (M900) • Mi-48 KajmanMi-290 TaruMQ-12 FalconPO-30 OrcaUH-80 Ghost HawkUtility DroneWY-55 Hellcat
Fixed-wing A-143 BuzzardA-149 GryphonA-164 WipeoutCaesar BTTF/A-181 Black Wasp IIKH-3A FenghuangMQ-4A GreyhawkTo-199 NeophronTo-201 ShikraUCAV SentinelV-44X BlackfishY-32 Xi'an
Aquatic Assault BoatMotorboatRHIBSpeedboatSDVWater Scooter
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
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Wheeled AMV-7 MarshallHEMTTHunterProwlerQuadbikeRhino MGS (UP) • UGV Stomper
Tracked CRV-6e BobcatED-1D Pelter (ED-1E Roller) • IFV-6a CheetahIFV-6c PantherM2A1 Slammer (A4 UP) • M4 ScorcherM5 Sandstorm
Rotor-wing AH-9 PawneeAH-99 BlackfootAL-6 PelicanAR-2 DarterCH-67 HuronMH-9 HummingbirdMQ-12 FalconUH-80 Ghost Hawk
Fixed-wing A-164 WipeoutF/A-181 Black Wasp IIMQ-4A GreyhawkUCAV SentinelV-44X Blackfish
Aquatic Assault Boat (Rescue) • Speedboat MinigunSDV
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
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