The U.S. Army has demonstrated the capabilities of the digital cockpits of two prototype UH-60V Black Hawk helicopters during a recent limited user test.
The LUT involved immersing the two aircraft in various flight simulations to leverage their survivability equipment and trigger pilot actions, the service said Monday.
Derek Muller, UH-60V LUT test officer with USAOTC, noted that the threat simulation used in the evaluation demonstrated a combat-like environment and provided “quality” training for the aircrews.
After the LUT, an aviation test team from the Army Operational Test Command interviewed the UH-60V pilots regarding their experience interacting with the digital platform during missions.
Muller added that data collected during the test will be used to support an Army Evaluation Center study, as well as notify the Utility Helicopter Program Office when to initiate the limited production for the digital cockpit.
Initial operational test and evaluation for the UH-60V is expected to occur in late 2019.