UH-60M Key to Future US Army Requirements


Released on Tuesday, February 11, 2003
UH-60M BlackHawk
The US Army's aviation modernization plan calls for upgrades and improvements to the UH-60 Black Hawk that will position it as the service's primary utility helicopter for decades to come.

The US Army plans to upgrade 1,200 existing UH-60A and UH-60L and purchase new production UH-60Ms, that together will provide greater capabilities and lower maintenance costs than current A and L models.

UH-60M will be available as the standard configuration for all new production Black Hawks in 2007.

In May 2001, Sikorsky signed a $220 million Research, Development, Test and Evaluation contract to make 4 UH-60M test articles: 3 remanufactured from existing A and L models and 1 new production aircraft.

First UH-60M maiden flight is scheduled for summer 2003. Work on the low rate production UH-60M aircraft will begin in 2004 and eventually increase to 90 existing aircraft inducted per year by 2012.

New and rebuilt UH-60Ms will have improved payload, new digital cockpit displays, a strengthened fuselage, new composite spar wide-chord blades and more powerful engines. The recapitalized UH-60M aircraft will have an additional 20 years of service life.

The UH-60M composite spar wide-chord blade will provide additional 500 pounds more lift than the current UH-60L blade.

The new General Electric T700-GE-701D engine will add 3 per cent more shaft horsepower, which will allow 400 to 500 additional payload.

Sikorsky has delivered more than 2,500 H-60 family helicopters since 1978 and the aircraft have logged more than 5 million flying hours.

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