CCAD Commander, Colonel Joseph H. Parker, hosted a formal signing ceremony immediately following a walk-around of the UH-60V Black Hawk with Chief Test Pilots, Crew Chiefs and the Director of Aircraft Production.
Colonel Parker said: “This is the first of up to 760 Black Hawks that will modernize the helicopter fleet through the Army’s recapitalization program. They are Army built and Army owned.”
CCAD’s recapitalization program reduces the costs of replacing aging helicopters with new ones and avoids spending approximately $9 million in tax dollars with each rebuild.
Upgrading to a digital Pilot Vehicle Interface
Since its original induction as a UH-60 Lima (L model) airframe, CCAD configured this helicopter into the current UH-60 Victor (V model). The upgrade replaced the analog display with a modern digital, open glass cockpit, which allows for an easy-to-use, integrated Pilot Vehicle Interface. The reconfiguration enhances safety and interoperability with other advanced aircraft currently on the battlefield.
The ringing of the bell that was originally onboard the USNS Corpus Christi Bay signified another milestone for Army Aviation and the Depot. “The completion of this aircraft is the first step in moving the US Army forward, transitioning to Future Vertical Lift.” said Colonel Parker. “We couldn’t be more proud.”