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Hamilton Sundstrand equipment contributes to successful UH-60M Black Hawk upgrade first flight

9th September 2008 - 12:09 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Hamilton Sundstrand's hardware has contributed to a successful first flight of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.'s UH-60M BLACK HAWK Upgrade. Both Hamilton Sundstrand and Sikorsky are subsidiaries of United Technologies Corp.

Hamilton Sundstrand supplies the UH-60M Upgrade's flight control computers, active vibration control and rotor blade de-icing, while its Claverham, U.K., business supplies the aircraft's ballistic-tolerant main and tail rotor servos. The flight control computer, part of the aircraft's fly-by-wire flight control system, lessens pilot workload while offering enhanced maneuverability.

The UH-60M Upgrade is expected to generate more than $850 million in revenue for Hamilton Sundstrand over the life of the program.

"The UH-60M Upgrade is a major step forward in Sikorsky's ability to provide the U.S. military with superior technology," said Sal Marano, Hamilton Sundstrand general manager of Airframe Products. "Hamilton Sundstrand is proud to be an integral part of this exciting new technology."

The UH-60M Upgrade is currently the only fly-by-wire rotary wing aircraft in flight test development within the Department of the Army. The UH-60M Upgrade will offer the U.S. Army a safer, more responsive and versatile aircraft. It will reduce pilot workload, increase lift, and offer better protection and enhanced survivability.

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