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Sikorsky Delivers 5,000th UH-60M Black Hawk Utility Helicopter


Sikorsky Delivers 5,000th UH-60M Black Hawk Utility Helicopter

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Sikorsky Delivers 5,000th UH-60M Black Hawk Utility Helicopter
Sikorsky Delivers 5,000th UH-60M Black Hawk Utility Helicopter

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company today delivered its 5,000th “Hawk” variant helicopter, a U.S. Army UH-60M Black Hawk. The iconic aircraft will continue to support medium-lift requirements for the U.S. military and international operators for decades into the future. Sikorsky celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Customers worldwide depend on the Black Hawk platform and its derivatives, including MH-60R/S maritime operations helicopters, MH-60T multi-mission helicopters, HH-60W rescue helicopters and internationally built S-70 Black Hawks to include the baseline FIREHAWK, which have all proven their versatility and capability across a spectrum of challenging mission sets. Sikorsky’s highly skilled and experienced workforce manufactures the latest generation of Hawk aircraft built in Stratford, and there is high international demand for the Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk, manufactured by Lockheed Martin’s PZL Mielec facility in Poland. More than 35 international customers operate the Black Hawk thanks to its global support network and continued modernization.

“For more than 40 years the Black Hawk has remarkably supported Soldiers in every major contingency operation the Army has executed. Even though the helicopter has been around longer than most of the Soldiers it now supports, the Army plans for it to be in front line service another 40 years and beyond. And everyone who contributes to the delivery of this aircraft in any way,” said Col. Calvin Lane, the utility helicopter project manager for the Program Executive Office Aviation.

“Sikorsky, as a company, has been forged by the Black Hawk. The Black Hawk and its variants deliver when reliability and performance are nonnegotiable. Hawk aircraft continue to demonstrate their versatility and readiness with the latest technological advancements and ongoing U.S. and global investment in the aircraft,” said Sikorsky President Paul Lemmo.

Sikorsky marks the delivery of the 5,000th “Hawk” helicopter at its headquarters in Stratford, Conn., Jan. 20, 2023
Sikorsky marks the delivery of the 5,000th “Hawk” helicopter at its headquarters in Stratford, Conn., Jan. 20, 2023. Seated left to right: COL Calvin Lane, U.S. Army; U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Conn. Third Congressional District; Jim Taiclet, Chairman, President and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corp.; Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont; U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, Conn. At podium: Paul Lemmo, President, Sikorsky. (Photo Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company)

The U.S. Army, the largest Black Hawk operator, noted the key role the aircraft continues to fulfill during military and civil operations around the world, in addition to its significant contribution towards Joint All Domain Operations. As U.S. Army Future Vertical Lift aircraft are fielded, the Black Hawk will remain the foundational tactical air assault and utility aircraft for the U.S. Army. Modernization efforts that improve Black Hawk availability and reliability by lowering direct operating costs include:
A Modular Open Systems Approach allowing rapid integration of emerging technologies to maintain relevance in future operations by increasing reach, survivability, lethality and sustainment;
Improved Turbine Engine to increase lift capability and range;
Advanced Digital Vehicle Management Systems supporting Degraded Visual Environment and automated operations; and
Digital tools including predictive analytics that reduce aircraft downtime and maintenance costs.

In February 2022, Lockheed Martin flew its first uninhabited Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) Sikorsky UH-60A/S-70 Black Hawk testbed helicopter powered by Sikorsky’s MATRIX™ autonomy technology in collaboration with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Subsequent flights at U.S. Army’s Project Convergence 2022 demonstrated future utility missions for the platform, which shows no signs of relinquishing its preeminent medium-lift capability through continuous innovation and investment. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin Corporation is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 114,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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