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.
- 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
- Surface search radar and electro-optical
- 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
- Identical mission system components with the Coast Guard’s upgraded MH-65 short range recovery helicopter
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.
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.
The prototype MH-60T helicopter is inducted into the fleet.
Work on the prototype MH-60T is complete.
The service completes conversion of its last MH-60J to an MH-60T.
The service begins installation of the Block 2 Upgrade (B2U), a software modification to improve flight planning and navigation capabilities.
B2U modifications are complete across the MH-60T fleet.
||The Acquisition Directorate transfers full responsibility for supporting the helicopters to the Coast Guard sustainment community.