Northrop Grumman expands knowledge base for UH-60V digital helicopter cockpit
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'We are exploring a wide range of capabilities that will keep the UH-60V relevant in the multi-domain operations environment of the future,' said Lindsay McEwen, VP, navigation, targeting and survivability, Northrop Grumman. 'Our modular, open-architecture approach makes it possible to rapidly integrate enhanced capabilities.'
The UH-60V incorporates a digital cockpit redesign that replaces the UH-60L’s legacy analogue instrumentation with an integrated avionics suite.
According to Shephard Defence Insight, the US Army is upgrading UH-60A Black Hawks to UH-60V configuration to bring total programme costs down to an affordable level instead of procuring more new UH-60M models.
Around 177 examples of the UH-60V are scheduled to be procured between 2019 and 2024. The total upgrade programme cost is around $11.2 billion. The first UH-60Vs were delivered to National Guard units in 2021.
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