Thales FMS for UH-60V upgrade

Thales has been selected by Northrop Grumman to supply its Flight Management System software, i-FMS200 to upgrade the US Army’s UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters.

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.
Northrop Grumman will provide a scalable, fully integrated mission equipment package for the UH‑60L cockpit and will replace the older analog gauges with digital electronic instrument displays.

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.