Cool. Readers of the blog know we’re longtime fans of the H-60 family of Hawk helicopters. They are just about the most versatile helos ever built. Since the UH-60A was introduced in the early 1980s, they’ve been in continuous production, and they’ve been continuously improved. The basic transport model currently in production and entering service is the UH-60M. Major changes from the UH-60L include new engines, a new transmission, wider chord rotor blades (I suspect just maybe the Army has been trying to improve the Blackhawk’s high altitude performance, given the challenges it faces in Afghanistan) and an all new digital flight deck.
Taking those airframe improvements, and equipping the cargo cabin with what is in effect a flying hospital suite gives you the HH-60M medical evacuation version. And any improvement to the Army’s ability to provide rapid evacuation of casualties from the battlefield is very welcome.