UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter

ROCKWELL COLLINS has been awarded a contract to supply additional Transportable Black Hawk Operations Simulators (T-BOS) and associated services for the US Army in support of its UH-60L and UH-60M helicopter training operations.

The T-BOS is an air, land and sea-transportable standard deployable training flight simulator for Blackhawk helicopter pilots and can be deployed to multiple locations, including forward operating bases, within eight hours of arrival.

The integral powered simulator equipped with an environmental control unit features electrical, air conditioning and heating systems for rapid reconfiguration.

The simulator is the only US Army-accredited flight training device for the UH-60M aircraft and is integrated with UH-60M cockpit module and avionics including Rockwell cockpit displays.

The T-BOS devices allow pilots to train in a realistic and controlled environment and support advanced stages of training that include emergency scenarios, ranging from engine failure to operating in adverse weather conditions.

All UH-60M units have been equipped with a TBOS training device and are currently operational at army posts across the US including Fort Rucker, Fort Campbell and Fort Bragg.

The system was also used by the 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment of the Wisconsin Army National Guard for mobilisation training prior to deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom last year.

Rockwell has also supplied the T-BOS to Bahrain and the UAE under a foreign military sale from the US Army; deliveries under the $35m contract are scheduled to be completed by September 2015.