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First flight for Japan’s upgraded SH-60

19th May 2021 - 01:35 GMT | by Koji Miyake in Tokyo

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The prototype ‘SH-60L’ from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries makes its first flight. (MHI)

The JMSDF needs to upgrade the performance of its Seahawk-based helicopters, with a new type now in development.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) started flight testing of an upgraded SH-60 helicopter on 12 May, the SH-60 being a license-built version of Sikorsky’s Seahawk.

The upgraded SH-60, based on MHI’s SH-60K, is equipped with enhanced onboard systems and flight capability. The upgraded SH-60 could perhaps be named the ...

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