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The UH-60M Black Hawk development programme kicked off on 2 May 2001 with the award of a $ 219 million contract received by Sikorsky from the US Army. The contract covers complete system test and evaluation. Four helicopters are to be built to the new M standards this year, three will be retrofits and one a planned newbuild; low-rate production of twelve units is scheduled to begin in 2004, followed by a lot of eighteen, to reach a cruising speed of 60 per year by 2006. Planned improvements include the development of wide chord composite spar main rotor blades, a digitised 1553 bus-based cockpit and avionics suite, an advanced flight control computer, a strengthened fuselage as well as advanced infrared suppression. The UH-60M will also standardise the current fleet with its utilisation of the UH-60L General Electric T700-GE701C engine and the improved durability of the main gearbox. The UH-60M will be built both as a retrofit to the 23-year old UH-60A (picture) and UH-60L fleet and as a new aircraft under future multi-year H-60 production contracts.
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Publication:Armada International
Date:Jun 1, 2001
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