U.S. Army chooses flight-management system for Black Hawk fleet

TUCSON, Ariz. Universal Avionics -- in concert with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Engineering Development Center (AMRDEC), Prototype Integration Facility (PIF), and prime contractor Redstone Defense Systems -- has completed a project to integrate an IFR [Instrument Flight Rules]-capable flight management system (FMS) for the U.S. Army's Sikorsky HH/UH-60L/M Black Hawk Federated Advanced Navigation System (FANS) program.

According to information from Universal , the project meets the FANS program's requirement to integrate a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) FAA-certified navigational system for the incorporation of Required Navigation Performance Area Navigation (RNP/RNAV) and Global Position System RNAV (GPS/RNAV) requirement. The H-60 aircraft will be fitted with a single UNS FMS with 4-inch Flat Panel Control Display Unit (FPCDU) to meet the GPS/RNAV requirement.

Bob Sanchez, Universal Avionics Senior Manager, Government Business Development for Universal Avionics, said about the project: "Our COTS FMSs facilitate the integration of a solution that allows the Black Hawk to retain all of its mission critical avionics equipment, while adding new operational capabilities. Universal's solution also meets precision navigation mandates that are critical to aircrew safety. To support the unique missions of the Black Hawk, we are providing Night Vision Goggle (NVG)-compatible variants."

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