Overview: DCS MH-60R Sea Hawk Mod by Tanuki44
Updated: Jun 27
It is incredible to me that it has been over a year since the UH-60L got released. Working on that project alongside Kinkku, Bailey and Jonas was an amazing experience and getting to see it used in videos, screenshots and more is very humbling. It is this community that surrounds the Black Hawk that made the entire project worth the amount of time we spent making it, which leads me to today's article.
A couple of members of the community that grew around the Black Hawk have taken it upon themselves to evolve the UH-60L and develop some variants of the aircraft, something that shows just how dedicated and passionate they are about this project. ANDR0ID made the Armed Black Hawk mod, which is self-explanatory, Xag made the SH-60B mod based on the Spanish Navy birds and, today's focus, Tanuki44 made the MH-60R Sea Hawk mod!
EXTERNAL 3D MODEL AND TEXTURES
Tanuki's work, is pretty amazing as it brings a series of "firsts" to the simulator, but before we get to that I would like to talk about the models and show off some of the new textures that I helped make for the mod, as you will be staring at them for most of your experience.
The developer used the UH-60L as a base for the 3D model, so it will not be a 1:1 replica of the real Sea Hawk, but it is pretty good for it being a mod of a mod. The rear landing gear is fully modeled and animated, the folding mechanism for the tail works just as expected, including the folding main rotor blades. All of its pylons and even the crew have been implemented, textured and animated, which is awesome.
The external tanks, side gunner station, sensor suites and even the sonobuoy racks are modeled, including the cover that goes over the launchers when they are not in use! As for the cockpit, it still uses the model from the UH-60L with some minor differences to accommodate the new systems.
NEW GAMEPLAY POTENTIAL, ANTI-SUBMARINE WARFARE AND FEATURES
As for features, this mod has some of the most interesting and unique ones of any mod out there. It innovates in several aspects, too, in particular when it comes down to mission sets and new options for gameplay.
Its sonobuoys are not just for show. Thanks to a simple script that Tanuki developed, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) is now a reality in DCS World. You are capable of taking off with a pair of torpedoes and, with the aid of your buoys, you will be able to hunt submarines like fish in a barrel. It is an awesome experience and I would highly recommend it for people that have experience with helicopters but need that added challenge to have some fun.
To make ASW work, Tanuki also made it so that both the Torpedoes and Hellfires work!
I hope this short overview made you a bit interested in the MH-60R. If you want to download it, you can visit the official H-60 Project Discord server!
About the writer:
Santiago "Cubeboy" Cuberos
Longtime aviation fanatic with particular preference towards military aviation and its history. Said interests date back to the early 2000s, leading into his livelong dive into civil and combat flight simulators. He has been involved in a few communities, but only started being active around the mid 2010s. Joined as a Spanish to English translator in 2017, he has been active as the co-founder and writer ever since. Twitter | Discord: Cubeboy