DESCRIPTION:

The Black Hawk UH/HH-60 is the Army’s utility tactical transport helicopter. It provides air assault, general support, aeromedical evacuation, command and control, and special operations support to combat, stability and support operations. This versatile Black Hawk helicopter has enhanced the Army’s overall mobility due to dramatic improvement in troop and cargo lift capacity. It will serve as the Army’s utility helicopter in the Future Force. There are multiple versions of the UH-60 Black Hawk, including the UH-60M and the UH-60V.

The UH-60M includes the improved GE-701D engine and provides greater cruising speed, rate of climb and internal load than the UH-60A and UH-60L versions. The Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) version of the UH-60M, the HH-60M, includes an integrated MEDEVAC Mission Equipment Package kit, providing day, night and adverse weather emergency evacuation of casualties.

The UH-60V is designed to update the existing UH-60L analog architecture to a digital infrastructure, enabling the upgraded aircraft to have a similar Pilot-Vehicle Interface and commonality of training as the UH-60M.

BENEFIT TO THE WARFIGHTER

On the asymmetric battlefield, the Black Hawk enables commanders to get to the fight quicker and to mass effects throughout the battlespace across the full spectrum of conflict. A single Black Hawk can transport an entire 11-person, fully equipped infantry squad faster than a predecessor system in most weather conditions. The aircraft’s critical components and systems are armored or redundant, and its airframe is designed to crush progressively on impact to protect crew and passengers. The UH-60M and the UH-60V are a digital networked platform with greater range and lift to support maneuver commanders through air assault, command and control, general support and aeromedical evacuation.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Crew: Two pilots, two crew chiefs
  • Armament: Two 7.62 mm machine guns

UH-60A

  • Max Gross Weight (Pounds): 20,250
  • Cruise Speed (Knots): 149
  • Rate of Climb (Feet/Minute): 814
  • Engines (Two each): GE-700
  • External (Pounds): 8,000
  • Internal Load (Pounds): 2,640

UH-60L/V

  • Max Gross Weight (Pounds): 22,000
  • Cruise Speed (Knots): 150
  • Rate of Climb (Feet/Minute): 1,315
  • Engines (Two each): GE-701C
  • External (Pounds): 8,000
  • Internal Load (Pounds): 2,640

UH-60M

  • Max Gross Weight (Pounds): 22,000
  • Cruise Speed (Knots): 152
  • Rate of Climb (Feet/Minute): 1,646
  • Engines (Two each): GE-701D
  • External (Pounds): 9,000
  • Internal Load (Pounds): 3,190

PROGRAM STATUS

UH-60V:

  • 3QFY13: Materiel Development Decision
  • 2QFY14: Milestone B
  • 4QFY14: Engineering & Manufacturing Development Contract Award
  • 3QFY15: Preliminary Design Review
  • 4QFY15: Critical Design Review

UH/HH-60M:

  • Through FY15: Fielded 691 UH-60M to Active Army, Reserve and the National Guard

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

UH/HH-60M:

  • Current: Multiyear IX Contract Award

UH-60V:

  • 2QFY17: First Flight

Foreign Military Sales

  • UH-60L: Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Thailand
  • UH-60M: Bahrain, Jordan, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and Thailand

Contractors

  • UH/HH-60M: Sikorsky (Stratford, CT)
  • 701-Series Engine: General Electric (Lynn, MA)
  • UH-60V: U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) Prototype Integration Facility (PIF), Redstone Defense Systems (RDS) (Huntsville, AL)

PEO

PEO-Aviation