The Utility Helicopters Venture Workplace lately accomplished a profitable Preliminary Operational Check and Analysis (IOT&E) of the UH-60V Blackhawk Helicopter at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. The UH-60V is an upgraded variant of the legacy UH-60L with a digital glass cockpit and built-in avionics suite. The aim of the check and analysis is to exhibit and assess the diploma to which the plane meets its designated necessities and set the circumstances for the complete fee manufacturing level. The completion of IOT&E marks a big milestone for the UH-60V program on the pathway to full-rate manufacturing.

“This profitable IOT&E permits the Military to make an knowledgeable resolution on transitioning the UH-60V to full-rate manufacturing. The UH-60V recapitalized the fight confirmed UH-60L, making use of the newest info and know-how enhancements making it “UH-60M Like” to help the warfighter,” stated UH-60V Product Supervisor Lt. Col. Howard Swanson.


Northrop Grumman’s digital cockpit will preserve the U.S. Military’s legacy Black Hawk plane within the combat for many years to return. The system lately accomplished preliminary operational check and analysis. (Photograph courtesy of the U.S. Military)

The IOT&E started July 5 and through three weeks of preliminary testing, pilots flew greater than 120 hours with 5 UH-60V helicopters beneath life like battlefield circumstances. Report testing passed off July 28 – Aug. 5 and concluded with the plane accumulating over 200 flight hours, efficiently demonstrating the mannequin’s capabilities. The completion of IOT&E marks a big milestone for the UH-60V program on the pathway to full fee manufacturing. The Operational Check Command Operational Check Report is anticipated to be launched in 30 days and the Military Check and Analysis Command Operational Analysis Report is anticipated to be launched in Dec 2022.

The UH-60V Black Hawk is a retrofit with the Northrop Grumman’s ‘digital cockpit’ suite and OpenLift structure, has obtained official certification to fly in all circumstances. The UH-60V program is designed to retrofit the L-model Black Hawks with functionality similar to the UH-60M, with the OpenLift-powered structure enabling extra speedy integration of recent avionics capabilities. The Military beforehand famous the first Battalion of the 106th Aviation Regiment would be the first tactical unit to obtain UH-60Vs, with fielding set to be accomplished by the top of fiscal 12 months 2022. The UH-60V program is anticipated to incorporate changing 760 complete UH-60L mannequin plane to new, modernized configuration.

US Army UH-60V Victor-model
AMRDEC’s Prototype Integration Facility assisted the Utility Helicopter Venture Administration Workplace in creating and qualifying the UH-60V plane. The UH-60V includes a digital cockpit that updates the legacy analog gauges. (Photograph courtesy of U.S. Military)