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The U.S. Army on Wednesday unveiled the latest variant of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, the UH-60V, in a ceremony at the Eastern National Guard aviation training site in the Pennsylvania National Guard.
EAATS received six UH-60Vs from the Utility Helicopter Program Office at the end of July, and since then the school’s instructor pilots have trained on the new variant as they prepare to begin training. other students.
“The ‘Victor’ model will extend the capability and capability of the military to meet the demands placed on the joint force,” Pennsylvania Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Mark Schindler said at the ceremony. “In addition, the model will ensure national security and support combatants now and in the future. “
The EAATS, which is located next to the Muir Army Airfield in Fort Indiantown Gap, was the first unit in the military – active duty, National Guard or Army Reserve – to receive the new variant .
Schindler said he was extremely excited and proud that the EAATS was chosen to be the first unit equipped with the UH-60V.
“It is fitting that our location was chosen to start the UH-60 Victor training,” he said. “EAATS is an accomplished organization, repeatedly proving to be a force multiplier for all components of the US military and our multinational partners, unmatched in the military business.”
The UH-60V was developed for the purpose of overhauling the aging fleets of UH-60A and L. It features an improved digital glass cockpit, a certified RNAV GPS database, and advanced flight planning and flight planning capabilities. mission.
Speaking at Wednesday’s ceremony, Brig. Army Aviation Program Officer General Robert Barrie said the UH-60V represents the military’s first real opportunity to upgrade its current helicopter platforms outside of their original manufacturers.
“For us to be able to bring capabilities to this platform, it took a significant investment of both money and time,” said Barrie. “And because our threat is evolving faster than we are, and because our dollars are limited, it was absolutely critical that we find a way to bring capabilities to our platforms more affordably and quickly, and that” is this platform the first of our ability to do.
Brig. Gen. Stanley Budraitis, deputy commander of the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, Alabama, said the importance of the UH-60V program cannot be overstated.
“Although an early engagement in the design process allowed the incorporation of state missions into the 60 Victor, there is no doubt that the 60 Victor is uniquely designed as a warplane, an aircraft capable of operate on any battlefield against any opponent, ”Budraitis mentioned.
EAATS worked with many organizations to develop a training module for the UH-60V, including the National Guard Bureau; the UHPO; the Assessment and Standardization Directorate; Army Capacity Manager – Elevator; the Directorate of Formation and Doctrine; and Army Test and Evaluation Command.
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jake Russell, test pilot and training pilot for EAATS, said the UH-60V provides a modernized aviation platform to meet the ever-changing mission needs of helicopters army utilities.
“The UH-60V’s digital cockpit provides military aviators with enhanced situational awareness across a broad spectrum,” said Russell, who has 21 years of experience as a Black Hawk pilot. Whether using the GPS navigation capability in the national airspace system or flying tactical routes in the battlespace, the UH-60V’s integrated avionics package provides the information necessary for a safe and efficient mission execution.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Frank Madeira, standards pilot and instrument assessor at EAATS, said the UH-60V provides a modernized, fully digital avionics architecture at a lower cost to the cockpit legacy of the UH60L.
“This modernized PVI (pilot vehicle interface) will be a force multiplier for the National Guard in its capabilities to support the full spectrum of combatants on the integrated digital joint battlefield,” said Madeira, who is 18 years old. experience as a Black Hawk. pilot.
Founded in 1981, EAATS provides individual aviator qualification training, enlistment aviation training and professional development for non-commissioned officers with a focus on the UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. . It provides training to soldiers of the National Guard of the army, to the army in active service and to the army reserve as well as to foreign soldiers.
In fiscal year 2021, which has just ended, EAATS provided training to approximately 180 pilots and approximately 630 enlisted soldiers.
Lt. Col. Randy Lutz, commander of EAATS, said it was an honor and privilege for EAATS to be selected as the first equipped unit and to serve as the initial training site for the UH- 60V for the active component and the Army National Guard.
“EAATS is a renowned training institution of excellence, and it is no surprise that the aviation company has chosen EAATS to lead this initiative,” said Lutz.
This press release was prepared and distributed by Joint Force Headquarters – Pennsylvania National Guard.