The U.S. Army's Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center has developed a new training environment for UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crews, DVIDS reported Monday. The Collective Aircrew Proficiency Environment updates the three-year-old Black Hawk Aircrew Trainer and allows crews to train in a platform where visuals and audio can be sensed concurrently.Read More »
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.
Gen. James McConville, vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army, said the service will look into how the civilian sector applies innovation and modernization to implement the same in the military. McConville noted in an interview with Army Sustainment Magazine that adopting modern technologies such as autonomous vehicles, additive manufacturing and artificial intelligence will help boost logistics and accelerate production and maintenance processes, the service said Friday.Read More »
The U.S. has supplied Sikorsky-built Black Hawk helicopters to Jordan in support of efforts to reinforce border defenses and conduct cross-border operations against Islamic State militant group forces, Reuters reported Monday. The report noted the military aid to Jordan aims to help boost the country’s military capacities in support of a …Read More »
Afghanistan’s air force has inaugurated its first two UH-60A Black Hawk Helicopters as part of the military branch’s force modernization effort. The U.S. Air Force said Tuesday Afghan President Ashraf Ghani led a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday at Kandahar Airfield to mark the addition of the Sikorsky-built helicopters to the AAF fleet. The U.S. and …Read More »
The Iowa Army National Guard’s UH-60 helicopter pilots and crew members have trained on an updated home-station flight training system at the Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center in Johnston, Iowa. The Black Hawk Aircrew Trainer is designed to help pilots operate the Sikorsky-built utility helicopter under adverse weather conditions, cloud cover, icing and enemy fires, the …Read More »
House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Kentucky) has introduced a continuing resolution that would fund the federal government through April 28 at current spending levels. The potential $1.07 trillion stopgap bill would authorize $5.8 billion in overseas contingency operations funds for the Defense Department and $4.3 billion in funds for the …Read More »
The U.S. Army has completed the material solution analysis phase of a program that aims to develop a turboshaft engine in an effort modernize the service branch’s fleet of Apache and Black Hawk helicopters. The Army said Monday the Improved Turbine Engine Program is set to enter the technology maturation and risk reduction phase in …Read More »
The U.S. Army is planning to swap its Black Hawk helicopters for National Guard-operated Apaches in a move to help state governments respond to emergencies, Defense News reported Saturday. Marcus Weisgerber writes defense budget cuts and a planned reduction to the Army’s forces have prompted the service to replace the UH-60 Black Hawk …Read More »
Sikorsky, Turkey Aim to Bolster Helicopter Exports with $3.5B Black Hawk Program; Mick Maurer Comments
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and the Turkish government have struck a $3.5 billion helicopter production deal that aims to strengthen Turkey’s multi-mission capabilities and aerospace export programs, Defense News reported Monday. Burak Ege Bekdil writes that Sikorsky will build utility helicopters with an industry team of Turkish contractors under the country’s …Read More »