Westland Sea King
The Westland WS-61 Sea King is a British licence-built version of the American Sikorsky S-61 helicopter of the same name, built by Westland Helicopters. The aircraft differs considerably from the American version, with Rolls-Royce Gnome engines (licence-built General Electric T58s), British-made anti-submarine warfare systems and a fully computerised flight control system. The Sea King was primarily designed for performing anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions. A Sea King variant was adapted by Westland as troop transport known as the Commando.
In British service, the Westland Sea King provided a wide range of services in both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. As well as wartime roles in the Falklands War, the Gulf War, the Balkans conflict, the Iraq War, and the Afghanistan War, the Sea King is perhaps most well known in its capacity as a RAF Search and Rescue Force helicopter. The Sea King was also adapted to meet the Royal Navy's requirement for a ship-based airborne early warning platform.
As of 2012, the WS-61 Sea King remains in operation in Britain, as well as multiple export customers: Germany, Norway, Egypt and India. Some operators have replaced, or are planning to replace, the Sea King with more modern helicopters, such as the NHIndustries NH90 and the AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin.
... Data from Omnifarious Sea King General characteristics Crew Two to four, depending on the mission Length 55 ft 10 in (17.02 m) Rotor diameter 62 ft 0 in (18.90 m) Height 16 ft 10 ... speed 129 mph (112 knots, 208 km/h) (max cruise at sea level) Range 764 mi (664 nmi, 1,230 km) Rate of climb 2,020 ft/min (10.3 m/s) Armament 4× Mark 44, Mark 46 or Sting ...
... Gazelle Interceptor Dassault Mirage 2000 Patrol Eurocopter SA342 Reconnaissance Westland Sea King Commando Mk 2 Trainer Dornier Alpha Jet Piper Cherokee. 8 Anti-Surface Vessel Squadron – Westland Sea King Commando Mk 3 No. 9 Multi-Role Squadron – Westland Sea King Commando Mk 2 Qatar Amiri Flight – C-17 Globemaster III United States As of January 1993, all the air force's ...
... Corps of Signals (Army) Aircraft Lost in the Air, no suffix Fleet Air Arm 2 Sea Harrier FRS.1 (hit by anti-aircraft fire during 4 May attack on Goose Green and by Roland missile during 1 ... but wrtitten off.) Lost on board a ship 3 Westland Lynx HAS.2 (aboard Ardent on 21 May and aboard Coventry and Atlantic Conveyor on 25 May) 3 Chinook HC.1 RAF 6 Westland Wessex HU.5 1 Westland ...
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