Armed Black Hawk demonstrator completes test program

STRATFORD, Conn., 15 Dec. 2009. Sikorsky Military Systems, a business unit of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., and Elbit Systems Ltd. have completed the Armed Black Hawk (ABH) demonstrator program proof-of concept for the development Battlehawk helicopter.

Dec 15th, 2009

Posted by Courtney Howard

STRATFORD, Conn., 15 Dec. 2009. Sikorsky Military Systems, a business unit of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., and Elbit Systems Ltd. have completed the Armed Black Hawk (ABH) demonstrator program proof-of concept for the development Battlehawk helicopter.

Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

The ABH demonstrator program, which concluded in Israel, provided Sikorsky customers the opportunity to observe the aircraft up close. Sikorsky Test Pilot Bill Fell provided a tutorial of the ABH demonstrator cockpit while the aircraft was on static display. Following the cockpit demonstration, customers visited a local military testing range where they observed a live-firing demonstration. The demonstration flight was conducted by Fell and an Israeli Air Force pilot.

"The successful conclusion of the demonstrator program signifies a major milestone for the Armed Black Hawk helicopter program," says David Powell, Sikorsky vice president, worldwide sales. "Sikorsky Aircraft has invested significant resources into this program in cooperation with the Israeli Air Force to prove the concept of these weapons, and we are pleased to announce that the technologies have been affirmed through our efforts."

The ABH demonstrator Flight Test program, which began in September 2008, was a cooperative effort between Sikorsky Aircraft and the government of Israel in conjunction with Elbit Systems Ltd., which is in charge of mission avionics and weapon systems integration. The program's purpose was to produce an armed demonstrator for evaluation by the Israeli Air Force.

The ABH demonstrator program tested an electro-optical guided missile, a laser-guided missile, a new laser-guided rocket system, and a 20-mm turreted gun. The production Battlehawk helicopter will come equipped with a full suite of armed reconnaissance and attack capabilities, including an integrated helmet display Electro Optic Payload (EOP) and weapons options that include missiles, rockets, and fixed-forward and turreted guns. .

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