Northrop tests UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter upgraded with new digital cockpit


Northrop Grumman has conducted the first test flight of a UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter upgraded with a new digital cockpit.

The testing was carried out in collaboration between Northrop, the US Army Prototype Integration Facility and Redstone Defense Systems.

Northrop Grumman mission solutions vice-president Ike Song said: “This UH-60V first flight accomplishment reaffirms our open, safe and secure cockpit solutions that will enable the most advanced capabilities for warfighters.

“We remain committed to delivering an affordable, low-risk solution that provides long-term value and flexibility to customers.”

As part of a contract awarded in 2014, Northrop supplied the integrated avionics suite for the UH-60V Black Hawk programme, which seeks to replace the helicopters' analogue gauges with electronic instrument displays.

"This UH-60V first flight accomplishment reaffirms our open, safe and secure cockpit solutions that will enable the most advanced capabilities for warfighters."

The flight follows a cockpit design and development effort that was completed on schedule within 29 months of the original contract award.

The UH-60V digital cockpit complies with the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) standard, and supports the integration of off-the-shelf hardware and software.

Northrop said that the cockpit enables avionics platforms to be upgraded with new capabilities more safely and at a reduced cost.

According to the company, the upgrade will result in enhanced pilot situational awareness and mission safety, decreased workload and lifecycle costs, and a common training environment.


Image: The UH-60V Black Hawk successfully flew for the first time on 19 January. Photo: courtesy of Northrop Grumman.