Northrop Grum­man and part­ners cel­e­brate first flight of UH-60V Black Hawk


Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion in part­ner­ship with the US Army Pro­to­type In­te­gra­tion Fa­cil­ity and prime con­trac­tor Red­stone De­fense Sys­tems, has suc­cess­fully com­pleted the first flight of the UH-60V Black Hawk he­li­copter.

Northrop Grum­man pro­vided the in­te­grated avion­ics suite for the UH-60V, which up­grades the US Army’s UH-60L Black Hawk he­li­copters with a dig­i­tal cock­pit, un­der a con­tract awarded in 2014. The scal­able, fully in­te­grated and open ar­chi­tec­ture-based cock­pit de­sign re­places older ana­log gauges with dig­i­tal elec­tronic in­stru­ment dis­plays in the up­graded air­craft. The UH-60V fea­tures one of the Army’s most ad­vanced avion­ics so­lu­tions, en­abling the com­plex mis­sions of the Army Avi­a­tion warfighter.

On Jan­uary 19, the UH-60V Black Hawk suc­cess­fully flew for the first time with this digi­tised cock­pit in Huntsville. This im­por­tant mile­stone was the cul­mi­na­tion of a cock­pit de­sign and de­vel­op­ment ef­fort that was com­pleted on sched­ule within 29 months of the orig­i­nal con­tract award. The team’s ac­com­plish­ment achieves the spe­cific time­line set by Army lead­er­ship over two years prior to the first flight. The UH-60V Black Hawk pro­gramme will mod­ernise the Army’s fleet of UH-60L he­li­copters through cost-ef­fec­tive cock­pit up­grades. The new sys­tem is nearly iden­ti­cal to the UH-60M pi­lot-ve­hi­cle in­ter­face, pro­vid­ing com­mon train­ing and op­er­a­tional em­ploy­ment.

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