MH-60L DAP

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MH-60L DAP
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MH-60L DAP
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10.7 11.3 10.7
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Description

The MH-60L DAP Black Hawk is a rank VII American attack helicopter with a battle rating of 10.7 (AB/SB) and 11.3 (RB). It was introduced in Update "Kings of Battle". This distinctive vehicle is a representative of the famous Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopter family. Designed to replace the Bell UH-1 in US Army service, the Black Hawk is a sleek, heavy helicopter with better performance and nearly three times the Huey's takeoff weight. Reliable and versatile, it has a long list of variants and operators in both civilian and military roles and is one of the most recognizable helicopter models in the world.

The MH-60L DAP ("MH-60" denoting a special purpose model and "DAP" meaning "Direct Action Penetrator") is a specialized gunship or attack variant used by US Army special forces. It still looks largely like a utility helicopter with an unmodified crew cabin but features large stub wings with four reinforced pylons. In-game, the DAP has a very similar arsenal and payload to the AH-64D Apache, mainly relying on powerful AGM-114K Hellfire II ATGMs, APKWS guided rockets, and ATAS air-to-air missiles at a slightly lower battle rating than the Longbow Apache. Although it obviously lacks the armour protection and internal gun of a purpose-designed attack helicopter, the DAP has some armament and subsystem advantages over the contemporary A-model Apache and is a solid, memorable option for helicopter fans.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 1 000 m285 km/h
Max altitude5 700 m
Engine2 х General Electric T700-GE-701C
Take-off weight12 t

The MH-60 has generally pleasant flight performance and handling. The top speed is lower than the Apache and most other top rank attack helicopters, but this typically won't make a difference in gameplay outside of close-range rushing attacks.

Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at _,___ m)
Max altitude
(metres)
AB RB
Stock ___ ___ 5700
Upgraded ___ ___

Survivability and armour

MAW
Alerts when an incoming missile is detected, and automatically deploys flares/chaff
IRCM
Protects against IR-guided missiles
Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear420 km/h

The MH-60L has very limited armour protection, only boasting protected composite seats for the two crew members. There is no bulletproof glass to speak of and the Black Hawk's wide transport cabin is a bigger target for gunfire than the slim profile of the AH-1W for example. Most of the cabin is empty, so a spray of incoming machine gun fire might not hit much of importance if the crew is unscathed, but there are a pair of large fuel tanks at the rear that are vulnerable to damage.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB8 270 → 15 076 Sl icon.png
RB3 905 → 7 118 Sl icon.png
SB4 901 → 8 934 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications302 900 Rp icon.png
444 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 800 Ge icon.png
Crew training290 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 020 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 800 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 080 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 220 / 330 % Sl icon.png
232 / 232 / 232 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Compressor
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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Replacing helicopter blades
Research:
9 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods heli flak jacket.png
Flak jacket
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods heli structure.png
Helicopter frame
Research:
9 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine extinguisher.png
EFS
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
37 000 Sl icon.png
740 Ge icon.png
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M163_Minigun_new_gun
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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MAW
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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Gun pod GP-19
Research:
9 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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LR30 cannon
Research:
9 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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AGM-114
Research:
9 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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APKWS II
Research:
9 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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IRCM
Research:
9 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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GAU_19_belt_pack
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods air to air missile.png
AIM-92 Stinger
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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NVD
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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GAU_19_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
37 000 Sl icon.png
740 Ge icon.png
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aden_new_gun
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
37 000 Sl icon.png
740 Ge icon.png
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AGM-114 2
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
37 000 Sl icon.png
740 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Night vision devices
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.
Thermal imager
Allows to see thermal radiation in the infrared range day and night
Ballistic Computer
CCIP (Guns) CCIP (Rockets) CCIP (Bombs)
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Offensive armament

The MH-60L DAP is armed with:

  • A choice between two presets:
    • 90 x countermeasures
    • 90 x countermeasures + IRCM

Suspended armament

The MH-60L DAP can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

Default weapon presets
  • Without load
  • 8 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
  • 28 x APKWS II (M151) missiles
  • 28 x APKWS II (M282) missiles
  • 4 x AGM-114K Hellfire II missiles
  • 8 x AGM-114K Hellfire II missiles
  • 16 x AGM-114K Hellfire II missiles
  • 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 4 x AGM-114K Hellfire II missiles
  • 76 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets
  • 2 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns (1,500 rpg = 3,000 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm GAU-19 machine guns (550 rpg = 1,100 total)
  • 2 x 30 mm LR30 cannons (250 rpg = 500 total)

The DAP has very similar armament to other top-tier US helicopters for the most part. Pilots who have flown and spaded the previous OH-58D will in fact recognize all of the options here, in which case the principle difference is that the DAP has much better capacity than the Kiowa or AH-6M with four reinforced wing hardpoints.

The AGM-114K Hellfire II is the standard US top tier helicopter ATGM. It's well rounded in terms of speed, power, and range and the DAP can carry up to 16 of them just like the AH-64D, four times as many as the Kiowa. The contemporary AH-64A has the same capacity of AGM-114B Hellfires with slightly less TNT equivalent, slightly less penetration, and no tandem warhead, although in many cases the two Hellfire models will perform about the same.

The APKWS laser-guided rockets again come in two flavors: low-yield HE and even lower-yield SAP-HE, appropriate for taking out lightly armoured targets at a lower spawn cost and higher capacity than Hellfires.

The classic Hydra-70 rockets return, this time in generous 19-round pods. This allows the DAP to use rockets more freely than previous helicopters as a close quarters substitute for an internal gun.

The ATAS missiles come in twinned pairs and can be mounted on any of the four hardpoints, with a maximum capacity of eight (a new AAM record for US helicopters). However, the DAP doesn't have dedicated wingtip AAM hardpoints like the Apaches do, so taking Stingers will necessarily take away space from air-to-ground weapons.

In terms of guns, the DAP has some interesting options. There are two reserved mounts for M134 Miniguns that don't conflict with the other stores. While fun to shoot and better than having no guns, the rifle-caliber Miniguns are unlikely to do more than tickle ground targets. They're best used to spray down nearby helicopters, but keep in mind that they're less powerful than virtually any other top tier helicopter gun. The other two options are more lethal but don't have reserved hardpoints: the GAU-19 HMG-caliber gatling gun uses SLAP rounds with decent flat penetration but poor angled performance that can at least threaten thin-skinned targets and the LR30 cannons use the same 30 mm HEDP rounds as the Apache's chaingun with generally the best effect on ground vehicles out of the DAP's firearms.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good ordnance load, can carry a heavy load of AGM-114K Hellfire II ATGMs and Stinger AAMs for example
  • MAWS, IRCM, and good flare capacity for self defense

Cons:

  • No armour protection, larger profile than most attack helicopters
  • No internal cannon and all options stronger than M134 Miniguns take space away from ordnance
  • No dedicated AAM hardpoints
  • Can't take Sidewinder missiles like the AH-64A or AH-1Z

History

Devblog

By the late 1960s, the U.S. Army began drawing up requirements for a new utility helicopter to replace the successful UH-1 Iroquois. Requesting design proposals in 1972, the Army was approached by several manufacturers, including Sikorsky, which put forward their S-70 design. Shortly afterward, Sikorsky received the order to construct several prototypes for comparative testing against the Boeing-Vertol's rival design. Designated as YUH-60, the Sikorsky's prototype first took to the skies in October 1974 before three units were delivered to the Army for trials in March 1976.

Being selected as the winning design by the Army later that year, the Sikorsky S-70 was ordered into production under the designation UH-60 and receiving the official nickname "Black Hawk". After the first units rolled off the assembly line, the Black Hawk entered service with the Army in 1979. After entering service, the Black Hawk received many modifications and upgrades which negatively impacted its performance characteristics. Due to the degrading performance, in 1987 the Army ordered the development of an improved version, the UH-60L. Most notably, this variant introduced more powerful engines and allowed the Black Hawk to carry a substantially higher payload of offensive weapons.

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External links


Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Utility  H-34
Attack  MH-60L DAP
Export  ▄H-34 · AH-60

USA helicopters
Attack 
Black Hawk  MH-60L DAP
Choctaw  H-34
Cobra  AH-1F · AH-1G · AH-1Z
SuperCobra  AH-1W
Kiowa  OH-58D
Little Bird  AH-6M
Apache  YAH-64 · AH-64A · ▃AH-64A Peten · AH-64A (GR) · AH-64D
Utility 
Huey  UH-1B · UH-1C · UH-1C XM-30