Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Sikorsky Flies Optionally Piloted Black Hawk
[Avionics Today April 22, 2014] Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced a successful flight test of an optionally piloted Black Hawk Helicopter, part of the manufacturer's ongoing work with the U.S. Army to provide autonomous cargo delivery.
"The autonomous Black Hawk helicopter provides the commander with the flexibility to determine crewed or un-crewed operations, increasing sorties while maintaining crew rest requirements. This allows the crew to focus on the more 'sensitive' operations, and leaves the critical resupply missions for autonomous operations without increasing fleet size or mix," said Mark Miller, Sikorsky vice president of research & engineering.