Lockheed Martin unit Sikorsky has transferred an S-70i Black Hawk helicopter as the prototype multi-mission aircraft to defence electronics company Aselsan for the $3.5bn Turkish Utility Helicopter Programme (TUHP).
With the use of S-70i Black Hawk, Sikorsky will be able to install an Aselsan-developed avionics system into the Republic of Turkey's new T70 utility helicopter.
Named the integrated modular avionics system (IMAS), Aselsan avionics suite will be designed by the company in collaboration with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), Sikorsky and pilots serving the Turkish Armed Forces.
The new avionics suite will help address the requirements of Turkish T70 operators, as well as other potential customers.
Sikorsky president Dan Schultz said: “Delivery of this S-70i prototype fulfils a major milestone for the TUHP, and signals our continued close collaboration with Aselsan and the other aerospace companies led by TAI.
“The employees of Sikorsky are honoured that the largest international industrialisation project in our 93-year history will help all the end-users fulfil their requirements for a modern utility helicopter based on the Black Hawk aircraft while adding Turkish-developed avionics technology to further distinguish this proven platform.”
The IMAS suite is being developed to provide Turkish pilots with point-and-click functionality to speed up input of pilot commands, powerful smart displays, and ergonomic improvements to the pilot vehicle interface that will reduce pilot workload.