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The Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King (ICAO: S61 / WAKE: MEDIUM) is a twin-engined anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter. Created in Second Life by Spartan Industries, the aircraft was based on the real-life SH-3 Sea King, designed and built by Sikorsky Aircraft.

Background

Key features of the real-life SH-3 Sea King include its amphibious hull for landing on water, and its twin-turboshaft engines that enabled a larger, heavier and better-equipped aircraft than prior helicopters. Introduced in 1961, it served as the United States Navy as a key ASW and utility asset for several decades before being replaced by the non-amphibious Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk in the 1990s. The type also proved popular in civil service and with foreign military customers. The Sea King has been built under license by Agusta in Italy, Mitsubishi in Japan, and by Westland in the United Kingdom as the Westland Sea King. The major civil versions are the S-61L and S-61N.

Typically equipped with a four-man crew, the ASW equipment used onboard Sea Kings has included the AQS-13A/B/E dipping sonar, specialized computers for processing sonar and sonobuoy data, various models of sonobuoys, ARR-75 Sonobuoy Receivers, and Magnetic Anomaly Detectors. A typical armament configuration in an anti-submarine capacity could include up to four torpedoes or four depth charges. For anti-ship duties some models were outfitted to carry one or two missiles, typically Sea Eagles or Exocets. The Sea King had also the option of being outfitted to deploy the B57 nuclear bomb.[1]

Features

  • Animated components (main rotor, tail rotor, x2 side-hatches).

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See also

References

  1. Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King (English). Wikipedia. Retrieved on 2015-03-23.

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