How British Westland Sea King helicopters will strengthen the Navy in the Black Sea


As Commander of the Naval Forces of Ukraine Oleksiy Neizhpapa said the day before, Ukraine may soon receive foreign-made multi-purpose helicopters for its naval aviation. If this is indeed the case, and there is no particular doubt about this, for the Russian Black Sea Fleet these are very bad news.


"Ukrainization" of the Black Sea


According to the Ukrainian admiral, the Ukrainian Navy may soon receive several types of helicopters:

These are helicopters, which should work over the sea surface. These are search and rescue helicopters, sea-based attack helicopters that can operate both over the sea and land on ships. We are now considering the Sikorsky helicopters. As for carrier-based helicopters, we are also considering several options. I think that in the near future there will be news that the Naval Forces will receive the first helicopters as part of naval aviation.

Apparently, we are talking about Westland Sea King helicopters. On November 23, 2022, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace announced that London intends to transfer Westland Sea King helicopters in search and rescue configuration to Kyiv, which were previously in service with the United Kingdom Naval Aviation. The British edition of The Times, citing its sources, reported the transfer of at least three Westland Sea Kings, while one rotorcraft is already in Ukraine. However, in the UK, ten crews are currently being trained at once, which gives reason to believe that the matter will definitely not be limited to three helicopters.

What can three to ten British Westland Sea Kings change in the Black Sea?

In fact, a lot. Everything will depend on their modification. The Westland Sea King is a variation on the American Sikorsky S-61/SH-3 Sea King. The British are armed with anti-submarine modifications of the HAS.1 helicopter and the more modern HAS.2, as well as the search and rescue HAR.3 and HAR.3A. In addition, there is a version of AEW.7 that performs the functions of AWACS. If helicopters in anti-submarine and AWACS modifications fall into the hands of the Navy, this is very bad news for the Russian Navy in the Black Sea.

In fact, after the Armed Forces of Ukraine began to actively use the Neptune and Harpoon anti-ship missiles, it became deadly dangerous for the ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet to approach the Ukrainian coast closer than 280 kilometers. We had to forget about the landing near Odessa. Our surface ships can safely strike with Kalibr cruise missiles, being close to the Crimea. True, it recently turned out that there, too, saboteurs of the Ukrainian Navy can get them with attacks from their drones. Now, six Russian diesel-electric submarines of the Varshavyanka class can operate most effectively against the Ukrainian coast, capable of covertly approaching and delivering a missile strike from a minimum distance, which complicates the further interception of Caliber by air defense systems.

The appearance on the Black Sea of ​​a dozen British multi-purpose helicopters, unfortunately, can change a lot not in our favor. In the anti-submarine version, the Westland Sea King can be a deadly threat to submarines. If they are based on the deck of Turkish-made corvettes of the Ada project, their range will increase dramatically. In the AWACS version, such helicopters are capable of detecting low-flying air targets, including cruise missiles, and give target designation on them. There is even a version of the Westland Sea King Mk.3, created for the needs of the anti-ship defense of the Qatar Air Force, with two Exocet anti-ship missiles. If such helicopters approach the Crimea from the sea at low altitude, it may turn out badly.

The threat posed by such a combat equipment, despite her age, is absolutely real. You should be aware that this is only the first sign, it will only get worse. The Black Sea is being actively militarized and "Ukrainized", which is a direct consequence of the preservation of access to the Black Sea by the Kyiv regime. We warned that it was in this vein that further events would develop in an article dated July 18, 2022 under the telling title “Refusal to liberate Odessa will lead to the “Ukrainization” of the Black Sea.” Allow yourself a little self-quotation:

Armed with air-launched Harpoon anti-ship missiles, as well as Fighting Falcon and F-15 Eagle anti-radar missiles, they will be a terrible headache for the Black Sea Fleet. The combat radius of American fighters plus the range of anti-ship missiles will allow the Air Force to control the entire Black Sea area. We won’t be particularly surprised if, as the Russian special operation drags on, the Pentagon will supply the Ukrainian Navy with a couple of Boeing P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine aircraft to patrol the Black Sea.

American fighters and anti-submarine aircraft have not yet reached the point, but British anti-submarine helicopters are already becoming a reality. There is a trend. You can read how some of our esteemed readers scoffed at the relevant forecasts in July at link. The conclusion is the same: as long as Odessa and Nikolaev remain near Kyiv, the Black Sea will continuously become more and more dangerous for the Russian fleet.
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  1. soloist2424 Offline soloist2424
    soloist2424 (Oleg) 9 December 2022 10: 27
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    Again at Marzhetsky: I warned you! everything is lost! Just the Ukrainian Air Force is doing very unimportant things. Everything that takes off near the front in Ukraine immediately lands with a rocket in its belly. The most successful way is to transport the wounded in the depths of the territory by helicopters. And then a helicopter attack on the Crimea.
  2. skeptic Offline skeptic
    skeptic 9 December 2022 12: 38
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    In the anti-submarine version, the Westland Sea King can be a deadly threat to submarines. If they are based on the deck of Turkish-made corvettes of the Ada project, their range will increase dramatically.

    What a pity, the Russian Federation has no means of destruction left, not only warships, but also helicopters. No air defense, no DBK - zhoooos !!!
  3. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 9 December 2022 15: 35
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    In fact, after the Armed Forces of Ukraine began to actively use the Neptune and Harpoon anti-ship missiles, it became deadly dangerous for the ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet to approach the Ukrainian coast closer than 280 kilometers.

    From Ochakov to Sevastopol - 270 km. If you don't believe me, play Yandex Maps with the "line" option.
    Landing in Odessa was not relevant while the RF Armed Forces were on the right bank. Now - even more so.
    These helicopters are a hundred years old at lunchtime, with intensive use they will begin to crumble. Serial production since 1961. A little younger than me. They fought back in Vietnam. Name me a helicopter of this age.
    They will be based on military bases. If they present a problem, they will cover it at the expense of times.
    1. guest Offline guest
      guest 9 December 2022 15: 44
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      Quote: boriz
      If they present a problem, they will cover it at the expense of times.

      And why wait, you can not immediately cover?
      1. boriz Offline boriz
        boriz (boriz) 9 December 2022 17: 20
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        So not yet. This is what Marzhetsky writes.
        And are there any problems? Wasting Caliber on this rubbish? According to Marzhetsky, he is still alone. I doubt that the small-shaven people gave away anything of value. They just handed it over so as not to write off the junk. If it is AWACS, they will be immediately spotted and tracked. In the meantime, there is simply no topic for conversation.
  4. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 9 December 2022 17: 40
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    If they are based on the deck of Turkish-made corvettes of the Ada project, ...

    Will not. Ada is in Turkey, and until the fighting ends, no one will drive her to Ukraine. As soon as she moors and changes the crew to Ukrainian, she will be drowned there at the pier. We have no problems with RCC. Yes, RCC is not required here either.
  5. vladislavsigitoff (Vladislav Sigitov) 9 December 2022 23: 49
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    But wouldn't this Ada corvette in the Black Sea be a legitimate target for defeat by our Aerospace Forces or Bastions?
  6. bonifacius Offline bonifacius
    bonifacius (Alex) 10 December 2022 02: 34
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    We are stocking up on diapers!
  7. Watching Offline Watching
    Watching (Alex) 11 December 2022 11: 26
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    It’s clear and a no brainer that time works for ukrov and NATO, because The Kremlin is afraid to attack the coast, and there is not a trace of the former bragging of some, maybe just fictitious, air defense and reb umbrellas. But after all, everyone knows that as it comes around, it will call out. The southwest will not be conquered, and there will be no defeat of Ukraine. The strangeness of this unfortunate war is simply amazing, as if the Russian leadership decided to prepare for its state a slow, painful suicide.