Argentina Procures Two Refurbished Sikorsky SH-3H Helicopters

 In Argentina, Air, Forces & Capabilities

Argentina is set to acquire two refurbished Sikorsky SH-3H Sea King helicopters for its navy, which will be used for logistic support tasks at the Comandante Espora Naval Air Base. The country signed a contract with US-based Carson Helicopters last month at a cost of $12.8 million.

The procurement will complement the navy’s current fleet while increasing its operational capacity in the country’s south.

The deal includes training and spare part provision covering for the first two years or 500 flight hours of the helicopters.

Upgraded Sea Kings

The refurbished Sikorsky SH-3H helicopters will have several improvements including increased performance and reliability, modern glass cockpit, modular wiring, and main rotor blades.

The upgrade has been carried out to transform the chopper to perform specific missions including rescue, firefighting, external lift, maritime search and patrol, and troop transport.

The modernization will also provide increased safety and payload and reduce maintenance and pilot fatigue.

Anti-Submarine Helicopters

Sikorsky’s SH-3 is a twin-engine, anti-submarine helicopter, which had been the backbone of the US Navy for more than five decades. The aircraft can accommodate four people: a pilot and co-pilot in the cockpit, and two aircrews within the main cabin area.

Its cabin can accommodate a dipping sonar, a radar, and can be equipped with a variety of weapons that can be used against submarines, including torpedoes and anti-ship missiles.  

The Sea King has retractable landing gear in the stabilizing floats which enable it to also land in water, giving it an amphibious capability.

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