The U.S. Air Force has unveiledÂ itsÂ first fully built HH-60G Pave HawkÂ helicopter under the Operational Loss Replacement program thatÂ works to bringÂ the HH-60GÂ fleet back to its authorized size and replace aircraft lost in previous combat operations.
Brig. Gen. Eric Fick, Global Reach Programs director at the office of the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, said the HH-60G OLR is a “re-missionized” helicopter that will be used for combat rescue missions.
The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command awarded a contract to Science and Engineering Services to repurposeÂ the UH-60L units and addÂ modifications to provide aÂ color weather radar, digital symbol generator, tactical air navigation system, radar warning receivers, automatic direction finder and a digital intercommunication system.
The Air Force added the OLR program supports its overall fleet management strategy and it will deliver OLR aircraft to Air National Guard rescue units at Joint Base Elmnedorf-Richardson, Gabreski Field and Moffett Federal Airfield in fiscal 2018 after initial tests.
HH-60G units conduct day or night personnel recovery operations, medical evacuation, disaster response, humanitarian assistance, security cooperation, NASA spaceflight support and rescue command-and-control operations.