Optionally piloted Black Hawk flies with Triumph sensors

BERWYN, Pa. Triumph Group joins Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, in announcing the first flight of the optionally piloted Black Hawk helicopter equipped with a fly-by-wire technology kit.

This technology will enable the helicopter to operate as both an unmanned aircraft or with reduced crew as the flight program develops. Triumph Mechanical Solutions, an operating company of Triumph Integrated Systems, provides a key component of the fly-by-wire kit, the Sensor Feel Module (SFM).

The SFM provides tactile feedback to a pilot, simulating the feel of the existing UH-60 Black Hawk mechanical flight control system.

Sikorsky is aiming for the first fully autonomous flight using the technology in 2020.