.: Ken Noble re-sprays a toy Sea King in RAN colours

 The Sea King helicopter, designed in the United States and manufactured by Agusta Westland in Britain, has been in service for more than 25 years in navies and air forces of many countries, most of them NATO members.Powered by two Rolls Royce engines, the single-rotor helicoptercan fly at a maximum speed of 232 km per hour. With six flexible bag fuel tanks, the helicopter can cruise 1,500 km at the most. The ferry range can be extended to 1,750 km with an additional fuel tank.

The helicopter can be used for anti-submarine warfare (ASW), search and rescue (SAR) and airborne early warning (AEW). It is able to carry four torpedoes and two anti-ship missiles, either Sea Eagle or Exocet.The SAR Sea Kings are equipped with a hydraulic hoist, and the cabin can hold up to 22 survivors or nine stretchers and two medical officers. For early warning, a searchwater radar fitted on the helicoptercan detect low flying aircraft trying to attack surface ships under conventional ship-born radar cover.

A variant of the Sea King helicopter can be used to transport troops and for logistic support. The helicopter's total load capacity is 3,692 kg and it has seats for 28 fully equipped troops. Special dark green versions of the Sea King are used by the US Marine Corps to shuttle US presidents from the White House around the Washington area.

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