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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

UH-1Y with Integrated Cockpit Deploys

Ramon Lopez

Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Avionics System is aboard the UH-1Y Venom helicopters deploying to Afghanistan. The deployment of Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 is part of the Marine's air-ground task force in Afghanistan.
Northrop Grumman's Integrated Avionics System (IAS) makes critical mission data available to the pilot and co-pilot on four displays, reducing workload and increasing aircrew situational awareness. The glass cockpit is powered by two Northrop Grumman mission computers, the heart of the IAS, that allow for easy system upgrades as new technology is developed. The H-1 Upgrade Program is replacing the aging UH-1N, doubling the range and payload and providing significant improvements in reliability and maintainability. Northrop Grumman is part of the program's industry team, led by Bell Helicopter Textron, the manufacturer of the helicopter, which includes Thales and FLIR Systems. The H-1 Upgrade Program also offers common parts between the UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters, including Northrop Grumman's IAS. A total of 123 UH-1Y helicopters are anticipated, with deliveries expected to be complete by the end of 2016.

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