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MH-60J Jayhawk medium range recovery helicopters


The Coast Guard completed upgrades to its fleet of MH-60J Jayhawk medium range recovery helicopters in August 2016. Redesignated as MH-60Ts, the upgraded helicopters received new flight instruments and avionics, communications and navigation equipment. Internal configuration changes included the installation of a new digital glass cockpit with five multifunction display screens for flight and mission management capabilities. These upgrades dramatically improved reliability, mission performance and safety while addressing new Federal Aviation Administration navigation performance requirements. The program also upgraded and standardized the helicopters’ existing engines and completed work to extend the helicopters’ service lives for an additional 10,000 flight hours. The fleet of 45 MH-60Ts – including 42 upgraded helicopters and three Navy helicopters that were converted to MH-60Ts – transitioned to the sustainment community for continued operations and support Nov. 29, 2016. The upgrades will support MH-60T operations through 2027.


MH-60J Jayhawk                          Characteristics

  • Length: 64 feet 10 inches
  • Rotor Diameter: 53 feet 8 inches
  • Height: 17 feet
  • Maximum Weight: 21,884 pounds
  • Speed: 170 knots
  • Range: 700 nautical miles
  • Endurance: 6.5 hours

  • Common avionics architecture system
    of digital glass cockpit instruments similar
    to those installed on the Coast Guard’s
    fixed-wing aircraft
  • Surface search radar and electro-optical
    /infrared sensors
  • Engines standard with the Department of
    Defense’s H-60 fleet
  • Five multifunction display screens
  • Sensor and hoist cameras
  • Integrated traffic collision avoidance system
  • 7.62 mm machine gun for firing warning shots
    and a .50-caliber rifle for precise targeting,
    such as disabling engines on noncompliant
    go-fast vessels
  • Identical mission system components with the Coast Guard’s upgraded MH-65 short range recovery helicopter
MH_60T Discrete Segments

  • Discrete Segment 1: This segment provided a Common Avionics Architecture System in the cockpit for fully integrated flight and mission management capabilities.
  • Discrete Segment 2: The addition of an electro-optical/infrared sensor system during this segment allows aircrews to locate, identify and track surface targets day or night. The Helicopter Airborne Video System and Helicopter Integrated Data Storage were also added. These allow aircrews to record and store video to aid in the prosecution of law enforcement cases.

Acquisition Milestones

June 2002 

The Coast Guard establishes a program to convert its HH-60J Jayhawk helicopters – later rebranded as MH-60Js to reflect mission expansion – into MH-60Ts.

January 2007 

The prototype MH-60T helicopter is inducted into the fleet.

January 2009 

Work on the prototype MH-60T is complete.

February 2014 

The service completes conversion of its last MH-60J to an MH-60T.

March 2016 

The service begins installation of the Block 2 Upgrade (B2U), a software modification to improve flight planning and navigation capabilities.

August 2016 

B2U modifications are complete across the MH-60T fleet.

November 2016  The Acquisition Directorate transfers full responsibility for supporting the helicopters to the Coast Guard sustainment community.