This First Unit Equipped milestone marks the entry into service of the Army’s first helicopter with a modular, open architecture systems design, specifically Northrop Grumman’s OpenLift.
“The UH-60V’s entry into service is a capstone achievement that speaks to the whole team’s dedication, commitment and long-time partnership with the Army and the National Guard. We’ve now brought a transformational aircraft to fruition,” said James Conroy, Vice President of Northrop Grumman.
Enhancing situational understanding
The UH-60V enhances aircrew situational understanding and mission safety while reducing pilot workload. The pilot-vehicle interface is nearly identical to that of the UH-60M, enabling common training and operational employment. The system has been certified by the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation Missile Center for operation under Visual Flight Rules.
“The OpenLift modular, open systems architecture gives the Army a UH-60 that can be upgraded over time to meet changing mission requirements, and it bridges the enduring and Future Vertical Lift fleets,” said Conroy.
OpenLift, Northrop Grumman’s modular open systems architecture for the UH-60V, can be adapted to numerous aircraft and is approved for export.