The Kaman SH-2 Seasprite is a ship-based helicopter originally developed and produced by American manufacturer Kaman Aircraft Corporation. It has been typically used as a compact and fast-moving rotorcraft for utility and anti-submarine warfare missions.
Development of the Seasprite had been initiated during the late 1950s in response to a request from the United States Navy, calling for a suitably fast and compact naval helicopter for utility missions. Kaman’s submission, internally designated as the K-20, was favourably evaluated
n 1962, the initial UH-2 model commenced its operational service with the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Navy quickly determined that the helicopter’s capabilities were greatly restricted by its single engine; thus, the service ordered Kaman to retrofit all of its Seasprites into a more capable twin-engine arrangement instead; when furnished with a pair of engines, the Seasprite was capable of attaining an airspeed of 130 knots and operating at a range of up to 411 nautical miles. The U.S. Navy would operate a total fleet of nearly 200 Seasprites to perform a variety of missions, ranging from anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations, search and rescue (SAR) and utility transport.[
|Role||Anti-submarine warfare helicopter|
|Manufacturer||Kaman Aircraft Corporation|
|First flight||2 July 1959 (HU2K-1)|
|Retired||1993 (United States Navy)|
|Primary users||United States Navy (historical)|
Royal New Zealand Air Force (historical)
|Variants||Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite|
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