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Helicopter 16

Helicopter 16 is designed to enable the Armed Forces to address the urgent demand for Medical Evacuation transport capability as well as transport of troops and logistical support for national and international missions.

Helicopter 16

Field-Proven Standard Model

The original name for Helicopter 16 is UH-60M Black Hawk, manufactured by Sikorsky. It is a long-established medium heavy helicopter that flew for the first time in the 1970s and has logged over one million flying hours for missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over 3000 helicopters have been manufactured and are operational in around 30 nations worldwide.

The UH 60M is the current and most modern variant with a glass cockpit and advanced digital avionics. The helicopter 16 ordered by FMV is the standard version of the US Army, with no Swedish modifications or special requirements.


  • Personnel and troop transport
  • Logistic and utility transport as well as sling loads


  • Interoperable avionics systems
  • Winch
  • Warning and countermeasure system against diverse threats
  • Two 7.62 mm machine guns for protection
  • Special Intake Air Filters for Engine and Auxiliary Power Unit APU for operation in dusty conditions 
  • IR Suppressors for reduced heat signature 
  • Ballistic protection and self-sealing fuel tanks


  • In summer 2010, the government decided to acquire an entirely new helicopter system.

  • On evaluating various alternative systems, in early 2011 FMV decided to enter into final negotiations with US authorities for the purchase of 15 UH-60M Black Hawk from Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. Sweden procures the UH-60M Black Hawk under an intergovernmental agreement with the United States, known as the U.S. Government's Foreign Military Sales programme.

  • In November 2011, the United States delivered the first helicopters to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (or FMV, which is the Swedish acronym) at Sikorsky's plant in Stratford, USA

  • In December 2011, the first two helicopters were in place at FMV in Malmen, Linköping

  • January 2012, the formal handover took place in the Armed Force

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  • UH-60 Black Hawk was developed by the US Army. The first helicopter was delivered in 1978 and there are a number of standard models.
  • UH-60M is the current and most modern variant with a glass cockpit and advanced digital avionics. The manufacturer is Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, USA.
  • Two engines: General Electric T700-GE-701D
  • Length 15.3 metres
  • Height 3.8 metres
  • Cabin height 1.37 metres
  • Total weight 5 600kg
  • Maximum weight 9 900kg
  • Maximum speed 280 km/h