First UH-60V Helicopter with Open Architecture Avionics Suite for U.S. Army

Northrop Grumman has integrated its OpenLift open architecture avionics suite onto the first UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter for the U.S. Army to enhance aircrew situational understanding and mission safety while reducing pilot workload By DA Staff / 27 Aug 2021
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The U.S. Army’s first UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter equipped with Northrop Grumman’s integrated avionics suite has entered service with the Pennsylvania National Guard (PNG) at Fort Indiantown Gap. 

“The UH-60V’s entry into service is a capstone achievement that speaks to the whole team’s dedication, commitment and longtime partnership with the Army and the National Guard. We’ve now brought a transformational aircraft to fruition,” said James Conroy, vice president, navigation, targeting & survivability, Northrop Grumman.

The UH-60V enhances aircrew situational understanding and mission safety while reducing pilot workload. The pilot-vehicle interface is almost identical to that of the UH-60M, enabling common training and operational employment. 

The system has been certified by the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation Missile Center for operation under Visual Flight Rules.

OpenLift, Northrop Grumman’s modular open systems architecture for the UH-60V, can be adapted to numerous aircraft and is approved for export.

“The OpenLift modular, open systems architecture gives the Army a highly survivable UH-60 that can be upgraded over time to meet changing mission requirements, and it bridges the enduring and Future Vertical Lift fleets,” said Conroy.

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