In its primary mission of airborne mine countermeasures
, the MH-53E is capable of towing a variety of mine countermeasures systems.
Designated KHI-03, these aircraft are to replace the S-61 in Antarctic support duties and (equipped with the EDO Oasis system) the MH53E in the airborne mine countermeasures
MH-60S (Sierra): Designed for troop transport, cargo resupply, combat search and rescue and airborne mine countermeasures
, the aircraft is armed with Hellfire missiles and a variety of machine guns.
Throughout the exercise HM-15 met all airborne mine countermeasures
taskings despite heavy wind and sea conditions that hampered some MCM operations.
Navy intends to deploy the first MH-60S Knighthawk helicopters equipped with organic airborne mine countermeasures
with carrier battle groups in 2005.
Air crew duties during these flights can include maintenance of airborne electronic, mechanical and ordnance delivery systems; operating airborne electronic equipment; performing tactical duties as flight engineers, load masters, analysts and red operators on Take Charge and Move Out (TACAMO) aircraft; operating airborne mine countermeasures
equipment, or crew served weapons; and serving as flight communications operators, in-flight medical technicians or even flight attendants.
HM-15's ability to rapidly deploy airborne mine countermeasures
(AMCM) and a heavy-lift combat logistics capability anywhere in the world within 72 hours was put to the test twice during forward-deployed operations in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
Concurrent Technologies Corp., Johnstown, Pa., is being awarded a $7,344,594 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-01-C-0045) for the development, design, engineering, manufacturing and testing of the Navy's airborne mine countermeasures
carriage, stream, tow, and recovery system for the MH-60S.
The squadron is integral to the test and evaluation of surface warfare, airborne mine countermeasures
, logistics support, extended range surface/land attack and electronic warfare technology and tactics.
The new contract supports the Airborne Mine Countermeasures
(AMCM) program office within the Navy's Mine and Undersea Warfare Program Executive Office.