UH-60L Black Hawk

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has been awarded a contract for the development and delivery of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter maintenance training systems to the US Army.

The Black Hawk Avionics Trainers (BHAT-M) supplied under the terms of a $7.1m contract will be used by the army to support maintenance training of its UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter.

Kratos Training Solutions senior vice president Jose Diaz said, "We are very pleased to continue assisting the US Army to ensure the readiness, reliability and operational effectiveness of the UH-60M.”

Consisting of a student station and instructor operator’s station, the BHAT-M is a multiple full-fidelity simulator designed to support all critical tasks required for training military occupational speciality (MOS) 15N10/30 maintenance specialists to ensure the performance and availability of M-model helicopters.

The trainer offers a real time environment for training and validation of the helicopter’s service personnel in fault isolation and maintenance of the UH-60M avionics and associated subsystems, troubleshooting and restoration of functionality.

The simulator has already been installed by the company at the Army Aviation and Logistics School at Fort Eustis in Virginia, US, in 2010.

An upgraded variant of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, the UH-60M features improved rotor blades and advanced flight control and aircraft navigation control systems.

The helicopter is also equipped with an improved communications suite and full night-vision device capability to perform night operations, as well as other enhancements to reduce pilot workload, increase lift and provide enhanced protection and survivability.

Kratos also offers maintenance training solutions for multiple army platforms, such as the CH-47F Chinook, AH-64A Apache, M2/M3A2 Operation Desert Storm (ODS) and M2/M3A3 Bradley fighting vehicles, M270 multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) and M147 high mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS).

Image: A US Army National Guard’s (ARNG) UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter stationed at Koyuk in Alaska, US. Photo: United States Coast Guard.