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US Navy delivers first redesigned MH-60S gunner seats to fleet

30 September 2019
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The US Navy (USN) delivered, installed, and demonstrated the first two redesigned Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter gunner seats on 24–25 September to Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific (HSCWP) at Naval Air Station North Island in California, according to a service statement.

The original MH-60S gunner seat was considered uncomfortable for aircrew to sit in for any length of time and became detrimental to aircrew long-term health. This redesign focused on providing better crash protection and improving aircrew endurance.

The US Navy delivered, installed, and demonstrated the first two redesigned Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk gunner seats on 24-25 September 2019. The MH-60S gunner seat redesign has adjustable lumbar support, height adjustments, and energy absorbers with selectable weight profile integrated into the seat. (US Navy)The US Navy delivered, installed, and demonstrated the first two redesigned Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk gunner seats on 24-25 September 2019. The MH-60S gunner seat redesign has adjustable lumbar support, height adjustments, and energy absorbers with selectable weight profile integrated into the seat. (US Navy)

The MH-60S gunner seat redesign has adjustable lumbar support, height adjustments, and energy absorbers with selectable weight profile integrated into the seat. These redesigned features provide a seat that is not only crashworthy but also comfortable for aircrew to sit in for many hours at a time.

The USN’s Aircrew Systems Program Office (ASPO) used an innovative approach and formed a gunner seat task force to enable the fleet to provide real-time input during each step of the seat prototype’s development. The integrated product team responsible for the redesign used the task force as a resource to vet ideas, support fit checks, and provide a conduit into the aircrew community.

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