Corgi CC33417 Royal Navy Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King Helicopter - HC-4, No. 845 Naval Air Squadron, Implementation Force (IFOR), Bosnia, 1996 (1:72 Scale)
"Obsolete weapons do not deter."
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
The Sea King helicopter, designed in the United States and manufactured under license 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 helicopter can fly at a maximum speed of 232 km per hour. With six flexible bag fuel tanks, the helicopter can cruise at 1,500 km. The ferry range can be extended to 1,750 km with an additional fuel tank.
The helicopter has been used for anti-submarine warfare (ASW), search and rescue operations (SAR), and airborne early warning (AEW). It could 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 helicopter can detect low flying aircraft trying to attack surface ships while flying under conventional ship-born radar cover.
A variant of the Sea King helicopter was used to transport troops for logistic support. The helicopter's total load capacity could reach 3,692 kg and it had seats for up to 28 fully equipped troops. Special dark green versions of the Sea King were used by the US Marine Corps to shuttle US presidents from the White House around the Washington area.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a Royal Navy Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King helicopter that was attached to No. 845 Naval Air Squadron, then operating with IFOR, in Bosnia, during 1996. Features detailed interiors with pilot figures, sliding doors, authentic insignia, interchangeable undercarriage, and flying and static rotor options.
Release Date: June 2010
Historical Account: "'Junglie Squadrons" - 845 NAS was the second of the four 'Junglie' Squadrons to take delivery of the new Sea King Mk 4 Commando helicopter as a replacement for the Wessex Mk 5.
In November 1992, the squadron saw the commencement of protracted tours to Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of the United Nations and NATO lead Peace Implementation Force (IFOR). 845 NAS was the longest serving unit in theatre, maintaining a permanent presence in the former Yugoslavia until 2005.
With the increasing requirement for additional support helicopters 845 NAS is currently deployed on operations in Afghanistan where the primary role of 845 and her sister squadron, 846 NAS, is to provide troop and underslung load lift capability, casualty and mine strike evacuation and any other task deemed appropriate as part of the Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan), (JHF(A)).