The US Army’s Utility Helicopters Project Office recently completed Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) of the Sikorsky UH-60V Black Hawk utility helicopter that successfully demonstrated and assessed the aircraft’s ability to meet its design requirements.
Supported by the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment (1-106th AVN), the evaluations were conducted at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, over a one-month period that began on July 5 and concluded on August 5. During the IOT&E process, five UH-60Vs flew over 200 flight hours under simulated battlefield conditions, demonstrating the new variant’s capabilities.
The successful completion of IOT&E is a required milestone for the UH-60V programme to enter full-rate production. The UH-60V Black Hawk is an upgraded and recapitalised variant of the legacy UH-60L and features a newly developed digital glass cockpit and integrated avionics suite. With units in Illinois and Georgia, the 1-106th AVN was the first unit to be equipped with the UH-60V and the assault helicopter battalion will have 30 examples in total when deliveries are completed.