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Combat Search and Rescue and Naval Special Warfare
HS-11 conducts Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) and Naval Special Warfare (NSW) in the HH-60H. This aircraft can carry a squad of SEALS with all their combat gear and insert or extract them behind enemy lines. CSAR missions are designed to recover personnel from hostile territory.
To enhance aircraft survivability for these missions, the HH-60H is designed with some special equipment. To protect itself against infrared (heat-seeking) missiles, the helicopter’s engines have a Hover Infrared Suppression System (HIRSS) to reduce its heat signature. It also carries an infrared jammer to confuse or distract incoming infrared missiles. The chaff dispenser and the radar-warning receiver give the helicopter a measure of self-protection from radar guided missiles. Low level flying and terrain masking along with careful planning are essential in successful mission accomplishment.