Hosting the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved Thales’s FMS software directly on Northrop Grumman’s mission computer will provide architecture weight and cost optimisation on the UH-60V aircraft, eliminating the need for stand-alone FMS hardware.
The system virtually replicates the newer UH‑60M pilot-vehicle interface, providing a common training environment.
Northrop has proved the avionics upgrade during a flight demonstration on-board a UH-60L helicopter.
The upgraded version of the Black Hawk helicopter will be known as UH‑60V.
More than 750 aircraft are expected to be modified under the UH-60V programme.
The Sikorsky UH-60L were produced 1989–2007.