KBR to Update US Army UH-60V Black Hawk Fleet

Two US Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters
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LONDON – Engineering and innovation firm KBR announced today that it has been awarded a $156.7 million task order to support capabilities assessment and enhancements for the U.S. Army’s Utility Helicopter 60 Variant (UH-60V) fleet.

The overall objective is to provide technologically superior and cost-effective helicopters for U.S. and Allied Forces.

KBR was awarded this contract under the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center’s (DoD IAC) multiple-award contract (MAC) vehicle.

These DoD IAC MAC task orders are awarded by the U.S. Air Force’s 774th Enterprise Sourcing Squadron to develop and create new knowledge for the enhancement of the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) repository and the research and development and science and technology community.

Under the terms of the contract, KBR and key teammate Northrop Grumman Corporation will develop recommendations and technical solutions to increase availability, improve reliability, and reduce the support costs for the UH-60V.

“KBR is excited to support PEO aviation as they advance Black Hawk technology to better support the U.S. military with this critical asset,” said Stuart Bradie, President and CEO of KBR.

“KBR and Northrop Grumman bring the experience and expertise to deliver solutions to maintain Army aviation technological superiority and reduce costs.”

This work is expected to be performed over five years, with KBR performing Reliability, Maintainability, Quality, Supportability, and Interoperability (RMQSI), logistics and testing, program management, and validation, prototyping, lifecycle analyses, and sustainability improvement.

Work is expected to take place at KBR and partner facilities in Huntsville, Alabama.

The upgrades and improvements

According to the U.S. Army, the UH-60V helicopter, known as the Victor, was developed to overhaul the aging UH-60A and L fleets.

The new model has several technological advancements that make it easier to operate than older variants, including an upgraded digital glass cockpit, certified GPS RNAV database and advanced flight planning and mission capability.

Planned upgrades and improvements to the UH-60V encompass the avionics architecture, flight controls, fuel system, electrical system, airframe, drive train, and a newly developed rotor system.

KBR offers full lifecycle support for hardware including design, obsolesce management, prototyping, and full integrated logistics support. Northrop Grumman provides the Integrated Avionics Suite for the UH-60V.

This transformational approach to avionics modernizes the U.S. Army’s UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters with a glass cockpit, including an integrated computational system, visual display system and Control Display Units.

This replaces the analog gauges in UH-60L helicopters with an integrated system that provides one of the most advanced avionics systems in the U.S. Army.

About KBR

KBR deliver science, technology and engineering solutions to governments and companies around the world. KBR employs approximately 28,000 people performing diverse, complex and mission-critical roles in 34 countries.

KBR works with customers across the globe to provide technology, value-added services, and long-term operations and maintenance services across a broad range of industry sectors.

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