New Singaporean Seahawk

The static display at Singapore Airshow 2018 featured one of two new Sikorsky S-70B Block 2 Seahawks, serial number 253 (formerly N1025J). The two helicopters were ordered in 2013 and delivered in January to supplement the six S-70Bs ordered in 2005 and operated by 123 Squadron. Those earlier machines will be brought up to Block 2 standard.

The new machines retain the removable L3 HELRAS dipping sonar and weapons capabilities, but feature avionics software upgrades, as well as independent controls for the Navy’s Tactical Coordination Officers to aim the nosemounted electro-optical turret.