KAMAN H-2 SEASPRITE

SEASPRITE SERVICE

Manufacturer: Kaman Aircraft Corp., Bloomfield, Connecticut, USA
(In 1969, became Kaman Aerospace Corp., Kaman Corp.)
Models: K-20, K-894
Designations: H-2 (UH-2, SH-2); HU2K
Names: Seasprite; Super Seasprite (SH-2G)
First official flight: (YHU2K-1) 02/07/1959
Factory production period: 1958 - 1965 (UH-2)
1982 - 2000 (SH-2)
Primary service period: 1962 - 1993
Last official flight: (SH-2G) 06/2001

SEASPRITE VARIANTS

1959 Model K-20 YHU2K-1 (YUH-2A) 4  
1960 Model K-20 HU2K-1 (UH-2A) 84  
1960 Model K-20 HU2K-1U (UH-2B) 102 Total: 190
         
1982 Model K-20 SH-2F 54  
1992 Model K-894 SH-2G 17 Total: 071

Grand Total: 261

SEASPRITE PRODUCTION

YHU2K-1
Prototype, single-engined, 4-bladed
rotor, utility helicopter for US Navy.
Redesignated as UH-2A in 1962.
Produced 1958 - 1959

Kaman Bloomfield, Connecticut

BuNo.147202 / 147205 1 / 4 4 Total: 004

HU2K-1
As YHU2K-1, engine / equipment upgrade.
Redesignated as UH-2A in 1962.
Produced

Kaman Bloomfield, Connecticut

BuNo.147972 / 147983 5 / 16    
BuNo.149013 / 149036 17 / 40    
BuNo.149739 / 149786 41 / 88 84 Total: 084

HU2K-1U
As HU2K-1, no IFR equipment, later
retrofitted but no designation change.
Redesignated as UH-2B in 1962.
Produced

Kaman Bloomfield, Connecticut

BuNo.150139 / 150186 89 / 136    
BuNo.151300 / 151335 137 / 172    
BuNo.152189 / 152206 173 / 190 102 Total: 102

SH-2F
As SH-2F conversions, new-built
production version.
Produced 1982 - 1989

Kaman Bloomfield, Connecticut

BuNo.161641 / 161658 191 / 208    
BuNo.161898 / 161915 209 / 226    
BuNo.162576 / 162587 227 / 238    
BuNo.162650 / 162655 239 / 244 54 Total: 054

SH-2G Super Seasprite
As YSH-2G, production version.
2 SH-2F(161643, 161908), also
upgraded to this standard.
Produced 1990 - 2000

Kaman Bloomfield, Connecticut

BuNo.163209 / 163214 245 / 250    
BuNo.163541 / 163546 251 / 256 12  
6 additional airframes cancelled.

SH-2G(NZ)
2000, export version for NZ Navy.

(New Zealand) NZ3601 / NZ3605 NZ01 / NZ05 5 Total: 017

 

Grand Total: 261


SH-2G(NZ), s/n: NZ3603, is one of five new-built Super Seasprites
for the Royal New Zealand Navy, first entering service
in 2001. Four interim SH-2F's were then retired, two of
which stayed in new Zealand for museum display.
Christchurch, New Zealand, 2004.

SEASPRITE CONVERSIONS

US Navy

NUH-2B 2 UH-2A, 1968, permanent conversions for tests.
UH-2C 41 UH-2A / UH-2B, 1965, twin-engined upgrade conversions,
with UH-2A, BuNo. 147981, serving as the prototype.
(HH-2C) 6 UH-2C, SAR / gunship conversions serving in Vietnam.
(NUH-2C) 1 UH-2C(147981), armament tests with stores pylons, fire-control radar.
HH-2D 70 UH-2A / UH-2B, SAR conversions, engine upgrade, no armament.
(NHH-2D) 1 HH-2D(147981), 1970, prototype to SH-2D with LAMPS (Light-Airborne-
Multi-Purpose-System) ASW avionics upgrade.
(YSH-2E) 2 HH-2D(149033, 150169), 1972, prototypes with upgraded ASW systems.
SH-2D 20 UH-2A/B/C / HH-2C/D, 1971, ASW version, major equipment upgrade,
MAD boom, torpedoes.
SH-2E - Proposed conversions of YSH-2E, superseded by SH-2F.
SH-2F 110 UH-2A/B/C / SH-2D, 1973, improved ASW version, airframe / engine
equipment upgrade. 4 later to New Zealand as NZ3441 / NZ3444.
JSH-2F 1 SH-2F Prod., temporary conversion for tests.
YSH-2G 1 Super Seasprite
SH-2F Prod.(161653), 1989, prototype with engine / avionics upgrade.
SH-2G(A) 11 4 SH-2F Prod. / 7 SH-2F Conv., 1999-2008, rebuilds for Australian
Navy. Assigned RAN s/n: mixed N29-149024 to N29-163210.
(SH-2G(I)) 10 SH-2G(A), 2016-present, rebuilds for New Zealand Navy. Assigned
RNZN s/n: NZ3611 / NZ3620, last two as a spares source.
SH-2G(E) 11 9 SH-2F Prod. / 2 SH-2G, 1997-present, rebuilds for Egypt. Assigned
Egypt s/n: 3051 / 3060, s/n: 3056 reassigned after first one lost.
SH-2G(M) - Proposed version for Malaysia.

FOREIGN MILITARY SERVICE
 - Seasprite helicopters in military service with the armed forces of Australia,
   Egypt, New Zealand, Peru and Poland.

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