Thales Awarded Contract for FMS Software for Modernisation of US Army's UH-60V Black Hawk Cockpit
- Thales to supply its Flight Management System software, i-FMS200, to Northrop Grumman for integration into the avionics mission equipment package for the US Army's UH-60V modernised Black Hawk.
- More than 750 aircraft are expected to be modified under the UH-60V programme.
- Thales is providing Northrop Grumman with the most advanced and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved FMS software to meet the UH-60V requirements.
Thales (Euronext: HO) announces that it has been selected by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) to supply its state of the art Flight Management System software, i-FMS200, which will be embedded in the avionics mission equipment package that Northrop Grumman will provide to upgrade the US Army’s UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters. The upgraded version of the Black Hawk helicopter will be known as UH-60V.
Thales has been working closely with Northrop Grumman Corporation over the past three years to provide a proven, scalable and modular Flight Management System (FMS) software design that meets the requirements for the UH-60V program.
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Thales’s FMS software has proven its ability to be integrated by Northrop Grumman into its newest equipment during a flight demonstration on-board a UH-60L helicopter.
Moreover, hosting the Thales’s FMS software directly on Northrop Grumman’s mission computer will provide architecture weight and cost optimisation on the UH-60V aircraft, eliminating the need for stand-alone FMS hardware.
More than 750 aircraft are expected to be modified under the UH-60V programme.
Northrop Grumman has also selected Thales to provide the civilian certified TOP Star 200 GPS system.
“This is a further expansion of our presence in the US military helicopter market. We are very pleased to be a key supplier to Northrop Grumman on this important programme“. Said Alan Pellegrini, CEO of Thales USA
Source : Thales - view original press release