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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