Army Conducts First Flight Of Fully-Upgraded UH-60V Black Hawk

By MatthewBeinart | September 15, 2020
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Army flies fully-upgraded UH-60V Black Hawk for the first time. (Corpus Christi Army Depot)

The Army on Friday conducted the first flight of the modernized UH-60V Black Hawk, which is a retrofit of the UH-60L upgraded with Northrop Grumman’s ‘digital cockpit’ suite.

“The Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) had its first flight of [the] newest configuration of the Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. Since its original induction as a UH-60 Lima (L model) airframe, CCAD configured this helicopter into the current UH-60 Victor (V model),” CCAD said in a social media post.

While the Army flew a prototype model of the UH-60V in January 2017, the flight on Sept. 11 was the first with a fully-upgraded model.

The Army’s UH-60V digital cockpit. (Northrop Grumman)

CCAD is responsible for the reconfiguration and refurbishing to upgrade the UH-60L Black Hawk to the UH-60V model.

In April, the Army completed initial operational test and evaluation for ‘digital cockpit’ upgrades for the avionics suites to be integrated on UH-60Vs.

Northrop Grumman’s ‘digital cockpit’ suite is designed to increase pilot awareness and enhance navigational functionality by moving from an analog architecture to a digital infrastructure enabling a pilot-vehicle interface.

“It is designed with a secure, open architecture that provides greater mission flexibility and a rapid upgrade path,” James Conroy, the company’s vice president for navigation, targeting and survivability, said in a statement from April.

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