2008-09-01 - UH-60M Upgrade fliesUH-60M Fly-by-Wire flies
Erstflug der neuen Black-Hawk-Version<br /> On 29 August, Sikorsky successfully completed the first flight of its UH-60M Upgrade BLACK HAWK helicopter. The UH-60M Upgrade is currently the only fly-by-wire rotary wing aircraft in flight test development within the Department of the Army.
In a test flight that lasted approximately 60 minutes, Sikorsky Chief Test Pilots Mike Skaggs and Steve Silder maneuvered the aircraft through a variety of exercises including hover, forward flight, and a hover turn. The test flight was conducted at Sikorsky's West Palm Beach facility in Florida.
Sikorsky President Jeffrey P. Pino said today's milestone represents a major step forward in the company's continuing efforts to provide the U.S. military with superior technology. "The UH-60M Upgrade will reduce pilot workload, increase lift, offer better protection and enhance survivability," said Pino. "The next generation of BLACK HAWK helicopters is ideally suited for its mission and will provide a safer, more responsive, deployable, versatile and effective weapon system for the Army."
In 2007, the Pentagon and U.S. Army approved the full rate production of 1,227 UH-60M aircraft and long lead procurement for 11 Upgrade LRIP aircraft. In June, the 4-101st Aviation Battalion became the First Unit Equipped with the UH-60M baseline model of the aircraft. The first delivery of approximately 900 UH-60M Upgrade aircraft is planned for the fourth quarter of 2010.