Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) has supplied digital cockpit upgrades to the integrated avionics suite for the US Army’s UH-60V BLACK HAWK, which recently completed initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E), the company announced on 22 April. Completion marks a significant milestone for the UH-60V programme en route to full-rate production.

Northrop Grumman’s scalable, fully integrated avionics system will ensure the legacy BLACK HAWK fleet remains at the forefront of combat capability for decades to come,” commented James Conroy, Vice President, Navigation, Targeting & Survivability at NGC. “It is designed with a secure, open architecture that provides greater mission flexibility and a rapid upgrade path.”

Benefits include enhanced pilot situational understanding and mission safety, as well as decreased pilot workload and life cycle cost. Additionally, providing a nearly identical pilot-vehicle interface to the UH-60M enables common training and operational employment. The foundational architecture of the UH-60V can be adapted to numerous aircraft platforms and is available globally.

Northrop Grumman’s digital cockpit will keep the US Army’s legacy BLACK HAWK aircraft in the fight for decades to come. (Photo: US Army)

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