Insufficient number of pilots required to develop the U.S. version of Black Hawk helicopters, unmanned
U.S. military equipment, UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters
newspaper freelance writer Rosenberg
According to the U.S. “Global Strategic Network” reported on 4 February, the U.S. subsidiary of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation “Sikorsky innovation” has announced: the military response to the request, $ 1 billion to transform the model of active duty, one of the most important one is to “Black Hawk” unmanned helicopter to achieve in order to further save human resources. This upgrade represents a trend of military aircraft of the intelligence, and military enthusiasts attracted media attention.
as a prestigious utility helicopters, UH-60 “Blackhawk” in the past 20 years, with stable performance is widely recognized, has almost become a transportation and rescue synonymous with the models. Nevertheless, the unexpected from time to time to make the military or headache, occurred in Somalia in 1993, “Black Hawk Down” caused 18 deaths, occurred between 2003 and 2007 more than the crash in Iraq which caused 51 deaths. Currently, the U.S. military, “Black Hawk” increasing dependence, forces in Afghanistan, the demand for aircraft is still on the rise.
addition to the need to reduce casualties, prompting the U.S. military helicopter to intelligence reform, another factor is the shortage of pilots. “Black Hawk” to be equipped with at least two pilots, often under special circumstances up to 3 people or more. The emphasis in recent years, the U.S. military UAV operator training, fighter pilot was the slow growth, often occurs in Afghanistan, “Black Hawk” is not enough because the pilot could not mobilize the situation. “Sikorsky innovative companies,” said technical director 克里斯布滕, intelligent “Black Hawk” can choose whether to artificial manipulation, such as not to send pilots, automatic driving by machine.
of “Black Hawk” for such a large scale transformation is no small technical challenge. Because most of the previous head smaller UAVs, such as “Death” unmanned aerial vehicles, but 4.7 tons maximum takeoff weight, and “Black Hawk” maximum takeoff weight of about 10 tons. Certain U.S. airlines in the market and business development director 马克塔索尔 said: “To what extent remote vision has been difficult to control the mountain on the other side of things (referring to the helicopter) and safe transport, is undoubtedly more challenging. “However, Sikorsky is committed, no one,” Black Hawk “and cost $ 17 million (more than the regular version is only $ 2.0 million). The company said it will launch this year, no one in “Black Hawk” prototype, about 2015, the official service.