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ASDS - Advanced SEAL Delivery System

MC-130E/H Combat Shadow

MC-130E/H Combat Talon I/II

EC-130 Commando Solo

Desert Patrol Vehicle


Army Little Birds

MH-47E Chinook Special Ops helicopter

Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk Series

US Navy Mk V Special Operations Craft

MH-60 PaveHawk

MH-53J Pave Low

Ranger Special Operations Vehicle

Special Operations Craft Riverine

Special Operations Low Level

AC-130U Spectre

Bell/Boeing V-22 Osprey

Vehicule Leger de Reconnaissance et d'Appui (VLRA)

Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk Series

The Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk Series has been in service with the US armed forces since 1979. It's twin-engined power, versatility, and strength have made it a natural for special operations missions. In fact, every US service that operates the Blackhawk has a version that is dedicated, at least in part, to the support of special operations troops. The US Army operates the MH-60K and MH-60L, the US Air Force has the MH-60G Pavehawk, and the US Navy has the HH-60H Seahawk.

The first special operations Blackhawk was the MH-60A, a standard UH-60 with many improvements. They were among the first to be equipped with the AAQ-16 FLIR ( F orward L ooking I nfra- R ed ) sensor and ALQ-144 "Disco Light" IR jammer. All the original A models also received auxiliary fuel tanks, IR suppressive exhausts, SATCOM ( Satellite Communication ), radar warning receivers, and M-134 7.62mm Miniguns.

In the late 1980s, a new version, called the MH-60L was introduced. It was to be the "low end" of a system; the high end being the then-unproduced MH-60K. The MH-60L was only about halfway through it's operational evaluation when Iraq invaded Kuwait. The upgrade process was accelerated and several of the MH-60L models were able to serve in Desert Shield and Storm alongside the older MH-60A models.

MH-60Ls received upgraded electronics such as a color weather radar, and the capability to carry the Hellfire missile. Kevlar ballistic armor has been added for increased crew protection. A new folding tail and stabilator were added to ease shipboard use. At least ten are slated to receive in-flight refueling probes to further increase their range. There is an armed sub-varient known as the AH-60L DAP ( Defensive Armed Penetrator )

The MH-60K is the current top-of-the-line SOA medium helicopter. It was designed with much input from actual 160th pilots. The MH-60K features a fully integrated NVG compatible glass cockpit. It can carry twelve soldiers over 750 miles without refueling. A mission management system is also part of the aircraft's equipment. Electronic sensors and counter measures have also been added and improved to increase the aircraft's effectiveness and ability to survive the battlefield.