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|WS-61 Sea King Commando ASW/S&R Helicopter|
The Sea King helicopter is one of the most recognisable helicopters in the world which is not suprising as it has been around for over a quarter of a century and is in service with over a dozen different countries. Originally developed by Sikorsky, Augusta Westland managed to obtain a licence to manufacture the Sea King to the specifications of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. Augusta Westland developed for the Royal Navy an anti-submarine warfare helicopter (HAS, Helicopter Anti-Submarine,) a Search and Rescue (SAR) version of the Sea King, (also used by the Royal Air Force,) and an Airborne Early Warning (AEW) version. The Sea King is truly the work horse of the Royal Navy as it covers all of these area's plus troop and equipment/supply transportation.
- Sea King (ASW): Anti-Submarine Warfare version
- Sea King (SAR): Search and Rescue model
- Sea King (AEW 7): Airborne Early Warning version
- Sea King Mark 6: Latest standard version of the Sea King used by the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm.
- Sea King Mark 4: Commando version of the Sea King used for Royal Marine troop transport.
Anti-Submarine/Airborne Early Warning/Search and Rescue/Troop Transport/Logistic Support Helicopter
Agusta Westland (Under licence from Sikorsky)
1 Pilot, 1 Co-Pilot/Observer, 1 Winchman & 2 Medical Officers (SAR Version only); up to 28 fully equipped troops (without anti-submarine warfare equipment)
MDC BY LOCATION:
(1) Main Body 200
Cockpit Section 90
Rear Fuselage 120
Main Rotor 95
Rear Blades 30
- (1) Destruction of the main body will shut the unit down completely.
FLYING: 270 kmph
LENGTH: 14.40m (blades folded,) 22.15m (blades turning)
WEIGHT: Maximum take-off weight 9,750 kg
RANGE: 1,480 km; 1,740 km with auxillery fuel.
CARGO: Cabin able to accomodate up to 28 fully equipped troops. Up to 3,692 kg of cargo can be underslung from an external cargo hook. SAR Versions of the Sea King can carry up to 9 stretchers instead.
POWER PLANT: Two Rolls Royce Gnome H.1400-1T Turboshaft Engines providing 2,700shp.
1. Hardpoints (4):
Refer to Missile FCS 00 for details.
- MBDA Sea Eagle Anti-ship Missile: 1
- Mk.11 Depth Charge: 1
- Provision for a door mounted machine gun of various calibers
STANDARD EQUIPMENT FOR THE AGUSTA WESTLAND SEAKING:
- FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM & AUTOPILOT: The Sea King utilises the Mark 31 Automatic Flight Control System from Smiths Newmark, which also includes an Auto-Pilot allowing the crew to relax during long journey's.
- COMBAT COMPUTER W/HUD DISPLAYS: The Sea King features a Combat Computer that is able to identify aircraft that its radar picks up and can display the information to the pilot and co-pilots displays, (Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS) terminal IDS-2000 from Rockwell Collins). The system is able to identify up to 500 targets.
- IFF: The Helicopter has an IFF, (Identification Friend or Foe,) system that when switched on identifies to other aircraft the Helicopters designation and country of origin. This system ensures that friendly aircraft do not fire on it.
- GPS: The Sea King has installed the Cossor STR2000 Global Positioning System to allow it to perform pin point navigation.
- DECK LOCKING SYSTEM: The Sea King features a hydraulically operated harpoon deck lock securing system to secure the helicopter to the deck.
- RADAR: 1240 km range. Thomson Thorn Super Searcher radar, Racal Doppler 71 navigation radar, Honeywell AN/APN-171 radar altimeter.
- RADAR: (SAR VERSION) 240 km range. The SAR Version's of the Sea King carry Thomson Thorn ARI5955 or AlliedSignal RDR-1500B Radar.
- RADAR: (AEW VERSION) 240 km range. Thales Defence Searchwater 2000 radar and Cerberus mission system. The Searchwater 2000 radar processing system incorporates a new pulse Doppler mode and Link 16 JTIDS (Joint Tactical Information Distribution System) datalink. The upgrade programme also includes the installation of an additional HaveQuick II secure radio communications system together with an AN/APX-113(V) interrogator transponder from Hazeltine and a video recorder unit.
- SONAR: 80 km range. BAE SYSTEMS Type 2069 sonar with an AQS-902G-DS acoustic signal processor provides the capability to carry out dipping sonar operations to a depth of 215 m. The magnetic anomaly detector is the CAE Electronics AN/ASQ-504(V) AIMS.
- ASW EQUIPMENT: The ASW helicopter is equipped with two Type 4 marine markers, two Mark 2 smoke floats and mini-sonobuoys supplied by Ultra Electronics.
- RADIO COMMUNICATION: Long range, directional communications system with satellite relay capabilities. Range: 960 km or can be boosted indefinitely via satellite relay.
- STANDARD SURVIVAL KIT: All Helicopter Crews flightsuits come equipped with portable survival equipment. The equipment includes a small waterproof radio/homing signal, a medium-sized flashlight, two hand flares, one rocket flare, a compass, a small mirror, a pocket knife, dehydrated and concentrated food (can be stretched into a five day supply for one person) and basic first aid items (aspirin, bandages, disinfectants, etc,) plus a life jacket flotation device.
COMBAT BONUSES FOR AGUSTA WESTLAND SEA KING:
BASIC FIGHTER COMBAT TRAINING
Basic training for non-pilot military personnel.
1 attack per melee (plus those of the pilot).
Add one additional action/attack at levels three, nine, and fifteen.
+1 to strike.
+1 to roll with a punch or fall with an impact, reducing damage by half.
Critical strike same as pilot's hand-to-hand.
ADVANCED SEA KING TRAINING
Advanced training for military pilots.
2 attacks per melee (plus those of the pilot).
Add one additional action/attack at levels 3, 6, 11 and 15.
+1 to strike
+1 to dodge
+2 to roll with a punch or fall with an impact, reducing damage by half.
Critical strike same as pilot's hand-to-hand.
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