UH-60V Black Hawk avionics display upgraded to digital and completes CDR

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. The U.S. Army Prototype Integration Facility, Redstone Defense Systems, - the prime contractor - and Northrop Grumman have completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) of the UH-60V Black Hawk program.

Northrop Grumman provided a mission equipment package for a digital cockpit upgrade of the U.S. Army's UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters under a 2014 contract. The same scalable cockpit design will replace older gauges with digital electronic instrument displays in the .

The Black Hawk is ready for transition to the fabrication and integration phase, officials say. Key elements that were assessed during the CDR include the open, scalable design using model-based engineering and a partitioned ; the package with government purpose rights; navigation system performance; and portability of software applications.

The UH-60V Black Hawk digital cockpit is aligned with the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) standard as well as meets the standards for safety-critical software development and is designed to comply with the Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency's Global Air Traffic Management requirements.

The first flight of the UH-60V aircraft is expected in January 2017.

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