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The US Army receives the first UH-60V with a "glass" cockpit

The US Army receives the first UH-60V with a "glass" cockpit

The US Army has received the first UH-60V Black Hawk multipurpose helicopter with a "glass cockpit". According to Flightglobal, the outdated UH-60L helicopter has undergone modernization.

According to the portal, during the modernization of the outdated UH-60L to the UH-60V version, a fully digital cockpit and controls are installed on the machine, unified with modern UH-60M multi-purpose helicopters.

The new cockpit received four contrast liquid crystal displays, two of them display information about speed, altitude, roll and pitch, and the other two - flight missions, sensor readings and any other information that the pilots choose.

All equipment is made on a modular basis with an open architecture. Software can be updated and added by simply installing additional applications.

The adoption of the modernized UH-60V helicopter will allow the US Army to abandon separate pilot training, since previously training took place separately on the UH-60L and separately on the UH-60M. In addition, the UH-60V equipment is compatible with the global air traffic management system.

The modernized version has been developed since 2014, the first flight was made on January 19, 2017. In total, the Pentagon plans to bring 760 UH-60L helicopters to the UH-60V version.

The UH-60 Black Hawk is a multipurpose helicopter created by the American company Sikorsky. The helicopter is in service with the American army, where it replaced the famous Bell UH-1, which is one of the symbols of the Vietnam War. The new rotorcraft was designed to transport 11 soldiers in full gear. The prototype of the helicopter took to the skies on October 17, 1974, and on December 23, 1976, the helicopter won a competition announced by the military and was put into mass production. The helicopter is still being produced.
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  1. RealPilot
    RealPilot 15 October 2020 10: 43 New
    It is surprising that Americans still flew on "alarm clocks", with their love for high-tech. But this is not a secret either, it was just expected that the transition would happen a little earlier.
    At the same time, it is worth distinguishing between experimental machines for testing modernizations and combat helicopters of earlier production.

    On the other hand, reliability is the cornerstone of military aviation, and it is always higher on analog instruments.
    And the fine line between reliability and crew comfort is also often a compromise.

    In the photo the "glass" cockpit looks good, plus it is clearly suitable for NVG (night vision goggles, for them it is better to have monochrome screens like here). Increases "situational awareness" and reduces crew workload.
    1. Pete mitchell
      Pete mitchell 15 October 2020 11: 54 New
      All that you say is correct, but when making decisions about an upgrade, an important factor is the cost of operation: and this is where the glass cockpit has an advantage, especially considering the number of helicopters used and the interests of the market.
      What you can't refuse them - they know how to quickly implement an upgrade ... recourse
  2. Uncle lee
    Uncle lee 15 October 2020 10: 46 New
    Software can be updated
    And you can run the virus! No.
  3. Mikhail3
    Mikhail3 15 October 2020 11: 57 New
    Where are the all-round video cameras? When will aviators realize that this is necessary?
  4. iouris
    iouris 15 October 2020 12: 44 New
    Can I operate without a smartphone?
    1. nebche
      nebche 15 October 2020 18: 01 New
      By the power of thought.
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  6. Dmitriy444
    Dmitriy444 15 October 2020 19: 11 New
    We are already making such a cockpit on the Mi-8.