Triumph sensors provide feeling of flight for remote operators

Aug. 14, 2019
Sensor Feel Module used in first flight of Sikorsky optionally piloted Black Hawk.

BERWYN, Pa., - Triumph Group joins Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, in celebrating the successful first flight of the optionally piloted Black Hawk helicopter equipped with a fly-by-wire technology kit. This technology will enable the helicopter to operate as both an unmanned aircraft or with reduced crew as the flight program develops.

Triumph Mechanical Solutions, an operating company of Triumph Integrated Systems, is a strategic supplier to Sikorsky and provides a key component of the fly-by-wire kit, the Sensor Feel Module (SFM). The SFM provides tactile feedback to a pilot, simulating the feel of the existing UH-60 Black Hawk mechanical flight control system.

Triumph Mechanical Solutions was awarded the contract for the SFM components in July 2015 and delivered the first prototype units in September 2017 from its facility in North Wales, PA.

Sikorsky is aiming for the first fully autonomous flight using the technology in 2020.

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