Sikorsky S.76A/AUH-76A
Date Updated: Wednesday August 09, 2006


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Official PAF Photo.  Note the 2.75 inch rocket pod with seven round on the ground beside the helicopter.  Blue warhead is a smoke/target marker rocket. You can barely make out what would be the 7.62 M60C mg sticking over the rocket pod.

Overhauled 2005.  PAF AUH-76A gunship shown below after overhaul. The PAF has reached an agreement with the Philippine Department of Energy.  The PAF will task specific assets including AUH-76A #206 below to Malampaya Natural Gas region security operations in exchange for funding for operations and overhauls.  Because the Sikorskys are the only PAF helos with the capability to safely operate in the area, look to more S-76s being re-assigned.

 

PAF Official Photo shows a PAF S-76 armed with a 50 cal gun pod.  Aircraft carries a seven round 2.75 in rocket pod on the right side as well as two M60D 7.62mm
machine guns.  The M60D door guns are a PAF modification to address the vulnerability of the AUH-76 (or any helo for that matter) to ground fire coming from the flanks.  Despite its shortcomings, the AUH-76A is a beautiful high performance aircraft.  Too bad the PAF could not find the funds to upgrade them to the Plus standard.

Photo below is a picture of an S-76 with a rescue hoist.  It does not have the armament mounting system (basically a large heavy metal tube running through the troop compartment behind the pilots and sticking out the side on which the rockets pods or gunpods are mounted).  The two PAF SAR machines were converted to the gunship configuration sometime in the late eighties though they were again later reconverted back to the SAR model.

SAR Model S-76s.  Taken during a recent Search and Rescue Exercise in 2004.  The S-76 pictured below was originally delivered and tasked as a gunship.
Rescue configured S-76s can be identified by the rescue winch on the right side.  Instead of the winch, rescue conversions carried a flexible metal ladder.  Not exactly the best way to rescue exhausted swimmers in the water.  Another way to identify rescue conversions is to look at the door.  The aircraft below shows a notch on the door where the multipurpose armament mount went through the door (see bottom photo showing the PAF pararescueman).

Photo courtesy of Eric Alvia.  With Thanks.