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22 Apr 22. UK, India promise partnership on new fighter jet technology.
Britain and India will strengthen their defense and security ties, including partnering on development of combat jet technology, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced during a trip to New Delhi Thursday.
Johnson said the defense cooperation pact would boost procurement across several areas, but offered few details during a press conference wrapping up the two-day visit to India. The trip was aimed principally at progressing talks about a free trade deal between the nations.
But Johnson said the two countries would seek closer defense procurement “to meet threats across land, sea and air, space and cyber, including partnering on new fighter jet technology [and] maritime technologies to detect and respond to threats in the oceans.”
The reference to a fighter technology partnership likely relates to British efforts to bring India onboard its sixth-generation Tempest Future Combat Air System program.
The program, launched by the British in 2018, has been the subject of talks with India for some time as part of a broader push to attract international partners into development of a combat jet with an in-service date of around the middle of the next decade.
Britain is already partnering with Italy and Sweden in the technology development effort and recently agreed to cooperate with Japan on sensor and propulsion systems.
BAE Systems, Leonardo, MBDA, Rolls-Royce and Saab are leading the early phases of the technology development program.
A statement issued by the British High Commission in India said both leaders “noted cooperation in key areas of strategic collaboration including modern fighter aircraft and jet engine advanced core technology.”
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in the statement he “welcomed the UK announcement of an ‘open general export license’ [in defense] to facilitate technology engagement with India, and the open opportunity for India to participate in the UK’s aviation and naval shipbuilding programs.”
On the maritime front, the two sides have agreed to partner on electric propulsion capability.
Johnson said the arrangement would boost Indian efforts to increase the percentage of defense procurement manufactured locally.
“We have agreed to a new and expanded defense and security partnership, a decades-long commitment that will not only forge tighter bonds between us, but support your goal of Make in India,” he said, referring to India’s drive for greater domestic manufacturing in the defense sector.
India is one of the world’s largest importers of defense technology, but it’s a market dominated by Russia, which accounts for more than 50% of inward sales.
India has come under criticism from the UK and US over the refusal by Modi to condemn the Russian invasion of the Ukraine, but the issue appeared to be sidelined during the talks between the two sides.
(Source: Defense News)
21 Apr 22. DIU and Partners Open Defense Innovation Office in Chicago to Tap Into Midwest Technology and Talent.
To better leverage the wealth of talent and technology in the Midwest, the Defense Innovation Unit is enthused to add Chicago to its offices nationwide. The Chicago office aims to identify new solutions, companies, and talent across the Midwest to solve pressing national security challenges and offer companies a faster path to Department of Defense (DoD) contracts. DIU celebrated this announcement in Chicago today with Senators Durbin and Duckworth, Governor Pritzker, Mayor Lightfoot and 80 other local military, academic and industry leaders.
The DIU office will be co-located at the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and serve as the focal point for DoD engagement with Midwest entrepreneurs and innovators. DIU will share the space with representatives from the National Security Innovation Network, the Army’s 75th Innovation Command, the Army Research Laboratory, members of the Illinois National Guard, and other DoD innovation groups.
“American innovators are crucial to increasing the strength and resiliency of our supply lines and leveraging the creativity and productivity of the American workforce,” said Dr. Kathleen Hicks, Deputy Secretary of Defense. “Today’s expansion of DIU will help to tap into talent and technology in the Midwest, and add a diverse resource to our innovation and modernization capabilities base.”
Commercial technology is increasingly important in equipping our military with the best technology in areas like artificial intelligence, autonomy, cyber, energy and space. Technology from commercial vendors can often scale in months—shaving many years off of the defense acquisition cycle. For example, five years ago, DIU began working with commercial vendors of a new technology—synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites—which can see through clouds and at night. This new capability is providing unclassified, shareable information on what is happening in Ukraine and has proven key to the country’s defense.
Chicago will be the fifth DIU office located in technology ecosystems that include– Mountain View, CA; Boston, MA; Austin, TX; and Washington, DC. Chicago is part of DIU’s broader regional strategy to extend DoD’s reach as a customer and economic development partner to companies, labs, accelerators, academia, and investors across the country. In turn, DoD aims to discover emerging technology solutions faster, speed their adoption, and expand the base of suppliers supporting our military.
“On behalf of Chicago’s business community, we welcome the Department of Defense,” said Michael Fassnacht, President & CEO, World Business Chicago, Chief Marketing Officer, City of Chicago. “In opening your Midwest regional office in Chicago, you can easily tap into our global reach and influence, as well, the city’s network of diverse, innovative, and forward-thinking companies that are developing, and incubating, the solutions needed to support our nation’s defense today and in the future.”
Since launching the Commercial Solutions Opening in 2016, DIU has made prototype awards to more than 263 companies across 30 states, Washington, DC, and 9 countries. DIU has introduced more than 100 new companies to the DoD and transitioned 43 commercial technologies to DoD partners. To reach companies and talent across the 12 states that makeup DIU’s Midwest region, DIU will leverage a full- and part-time reservist team as well as government partners.
“DIU is excited to add Chicago to deepen the DoD’s reach to identify new solutions, companies, and talent to solve our national security challenges,” said Michael Brown, DIU director. “Leveraging the innovation of entrepreneurs across the Midwest will enable DIU to provide new capabilities to our Service members.”
In addition to the morning’s in-person event hosted at local manufacturing innovation partner MxD, DIU is hosting a virtual Regional Roadshow the afternoon of April 21st for companies and organizations across the Midwest who may be interested in doing business with the DoD. This conversation will provide a short overview about DIU and NSIN, our focus areas, processes and how we work to lower the barriers to entry to the DoD. (Source: US DoD)
20 Apr 22. NZ C-130Js to get specialist equipment, advanced sensors. The five Lockheed Martin C-130J-30s Super Hercules to be procured by New Zealand will have specialist equipment and sensors. Janes has learned that the aircraft will be fitted with L3 WESCAM MX-20 electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) cameras and a Honeywell JetWave Ka-band wide bandwidth, high-speed satellite communications (satcom) system. The MX-20 system is designed for high-altitude intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) operations. It has been deployed aboard long-range maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and GA-ASI MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Able to provide more than x400 magnification in the EO sensor and more than x75 magnification in the IR sensor, the MX-20 also uses Enhanced Local Area Processing (ELAP) to improve feature recognition. (Source: Janes)
20 Apr 22. DOD Aims to Close Gap in Bringing U.S. Tech Innovation to Market. The United States today is responsible for only about 12% of microelectronics production globally, with most production now in Asia. The U.S. also lacks much of the capacity to confirm the viability and marketability of new microelectronics technologies so that American industry might be convinced to invest in them.
The Defense Department-led “microelectronics commons” aims to close the gaps that exist now which prevent the best ideas in technology from reaching the market. It will involve the identification of existing production facilities that are willing to participate and use DOD and federal funds to finance the initial investments.
Victoria Coleman, who serves now as the chief scientist of the Air Force, originated the concept of the microelectronics commons around seven years ago while working at the University of California at Berkeley.
“The genesis of this idea was in a conference room at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab,” she said. “The context was an understanding from really top-tier academics that investments that we were marking in early-stage microelectronics research could not be proven in the facilities that we have here at home. We had to go instead off to overseas places, in particular , to do the work that is necessary to prove out the innovation. That kind of blew my mind.”
As an example, she said, one researcher in neuromorphic computing at Stanford had the ability locally to manufacture only a handful of the microelectronics he’d devised. Neuromorphic computing emulates how the human brain interacts with the world to deliver capabilities closer to human cognition and power future autonomous artificial intelligence solutions that require energy efficiency and continuous learning.
“But in order to prove it out, you need hundreds of thousands — if not ms — of these things,” she said. “You need them at scale … had to go to to go make them, which, if we’re worried about vendors infiltrating us, they didn’t need to do it. I mean because we went right to them. And these are the crown jewels of what we are investing in as a nation for the next generation. So, why did you go there? Because there was no other place to go.”
The idea for the microelectronics commons was further developed while Coleman was at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. She said it was there, that she worked with staffers on Capitol Hill to get the idea put into the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors Act, commonly called “CHIPS.”
Coleman said U.S. researchers in both academia and industry still develop fantastic concepts for new microelectronics technologies, including for things such as novel photonics, spintronic materials, quantum computing, or non-volatile memory, among others.
In a research lab at a university, for instance, technological advancements in microelectronics that exist now or that may be invented in the future, might only exist on paper or in a handful of real-world prototypes. Ultimately, the goal for the innovator of a new technology is to have a market interested in making use of it and a producer interested in manufacturing it.
Proving that a new microelectronics technology works and is marketable requires innovators to first find somebody willing to take on the initial risk of investing in their ideas. It may require the production of as many as a m quality protypes to prove the technology works and that businesses would be interested in integrating it into the products they produce.
That intermediary step between a researcher’s concept and a manufacturer’s commitment — called “lab-to-fab” — is largely happening now in overseas semiconductor fabrication plants, the FABs, rather than the U.S., Coleman said.
“In microelectronics ‘canyon of death.’ You may have a theory about a new kind of device that will give you lots of computational advantages, but nobody will invest the money to go and build a FAB — take $20bn to build something — unless you can show in practice, not just theory, that it will give you the advantages, the compute advantages that you are expecting,” she said. “The microelectronics commons sits in the middle. The commons straddles these two extremes, where at one end you can build three devices and at the other end you need to build literally bns of them at very high cost.”
With the microelectronics commons, Coleman says DOD proposes to, at least initially, fill in the intermediary step that allows the best new technologies being developed in U.S. labs to make the significant jump to commercialization.
Development of the microelectronics commons will first involve facilities that already exist stepping forward to act as “hub nodes.” These facilities would be able to produce 200 mm wafers for microelectronic production and might be developed from existing facilities already in the U.S. Where such facilities exist, they could be augmented by funding from DOD to make them compatible with the microelectronics commons. Coleman said the government wouldn’t pay to build new facilities, but would pay to augment staff or invest in new equipment.
In addition to the hubs, there would also be “core nodes” capable of producing larger 300 mm wafers more suitable to make the transition to commercial production.
About 10 hub nodes and two core nodes are expected to be needed to make up the microelectronics commons.
“Our was that you will have one place where you do 300 mm, and then you can have multiple places where you do 200 mm,” Coleman said. “Each one of these places was specialized in a lot of these technologies. Maybe one will be photonics, maybe the other will be memory, maybe another will be logic. And then when, you know, when they are mature enough at the hubs, they move into the core. Then you go from the 200 mm to 300 mm.”
With the microelectronics commons operating, novel technology developed domestically could make it from lab to market entirely inside the United States. The commons would both ensure that American ingenuity stays inside the U.S. and isn’t stolen by adversaries and that the nation rebuilds the capacity to do on its own what it must now depend on foreign nations to do.
While DOD plans initially to pay for development of the commons, it’s not expected to have to pay for forever, Coleman said.
“The notion is that eventually the commons becomes self-sustaining,” she said. “You know, after the initial set of investments, maybe the government maintains a 10% investment. But it’s managed as a business with different kinds of profit margins depending on who the customer is. It’s a national facility that is used by multiple actors — both professors, small businesses, and startups and large businesses — with differential kind of access rates.”
Getting microelectronics design and production back in the U.S. is critical, Coleman said, because anything less means the U.S. might end up entirely dependent on an adversary to produce the electronics the U.S. needs for defense.
“What it means is that, first of all, we will not be relying on our on our peer adversaries to prove out our innovations,” she said. “Because today they have us in a chokehold. So we can invest a little money on what we think might pay off. But in order for us to prove out our innovations, we depend on them, and that is an unacceptable situation to be in.”
A common misconception is that so long as the U.S. remains the innovator — the designers and developers of technology — it makes no difference where the technology is finally built. But Coleman said that’s wrong.
“If you let go of production, that means that you are de-skilling the workforce, and it eventually brings you to the place where you can’t do design either,” she said. “It’s a really kind of insidious cycle that needs to be broken, and CHIPS kind of recognized that. So, all these things — design, production, assembly, packaging and testing — they all need to be, we all need to have them here at home.”
She said another option is what’s being referred to “friend-shoring,” where if those capabilities are not inside the U.S., they reside with allied and partner nations.
“The key message should be that we are captive for proving out our innovations to China and our adversaries, and that is a national emergency,” she said. “There’s no other way to talk about it. It’s just unacceptable that we found ourselves in that situation. … The solution to that is this commons. This is what the commons is all about.” (Source: US DoD)
20 Apr 22. IFS Cloud April 2022 release delivers on IFS vision to lead in cross-enterprise insights, process automation and employee experience
- Significant new features include industry-specific enhancements for aviation maintenance
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IFS, the global cloud enterprise software company, has announced the release of its first of two updates to IFS Cloud™ in 2022. This latest release is now generally available.
Central to this release of IFS Cloud is enabling a fast-tracked adoption of digital capabilities to achieve higher levels of productivity, business agility, and operational excellence so that customers can consistently deliver amazing Moments of Service™.
The new features announced in this release will help customers create business value in three areas:
- Accelerating intelligent insight and automation across the organisation
- Elevating the ability to shape and deliver service to their customers
- Unlocking new levels of user experience and productivity for their people
The IFS Cloud April 2022 release delivers improved predictive capabilities and simpler, more intelligent analytics for faster time-to-insight. The heightened automation delivered in the release will require fewer human inputs, allowing employees to focus on high-value activities as well as reduce the risk of human errors.
Specific analytics enhancements include:
- Ready-to-go analytics for faster time to value: pre-built content with advanced analytics reports that can be tailored
- New analysis models for EAM, CRM, HCM, and Manufacturing and self-service analytics to improve visibility and provide a better user experience
- Extended asset performance prediction: Combined sensor data and historical maintenance records can be used to train ML models to support the decision-making process of operators
New service functionality in the release reinforces the connection between the field and the front and back offices.
New capabilities will enable companies to serve customers faster, more accurately and consistently against agreed service levels. Enhancements include:
- Introduction of a powerful service request capability, including support for quotation management – enabling an enhanced customer experience through more accurate service work scoping and pricing
- Ability to set geo-positions for assets from mobile devices, record one-off locations for jobs, and update job locations. This reduces the time to locate service equipment and service locations for faster time-to-service
- Improvements to inventory and supply chain capability that enhance the accuracy of supply chain planning
The release will drive people productivity and help companies develop and support their people throughout their work cycle. Enhancements focus on making experiences at work simpler, more consistent, and easier to deliver:
- Calendar-based work lists that better supports field technicians at the point of service and increases their productivity
- Shift templates that better support a range of working time patterns, reduces administration, and offers more scheduling flexibility
- Collaboration, communication, and mapping tools in Dispatch Console make it easier for dispatchers to support and collaborate with technicians during in-flight work
- Simplification of employee development and training processes to align business and people objectives consistently, simply and support a more planned individual performance development
Additionally, IFS Cloud now includes new capabilities including:
- Boomi Connector with pre-built mappings connects IFS Cloud and 3rd party CRM vendors such as Salesforce for a unified, 360-degree view of customer data for sales and service organisations to maximise opportunities
- Just 9 months after IFS’s acquisition of Customerville, survey and feedback capabilities are extended in IFS Cloud with Product Widget. Survey triggers are activated when certain events occur, providing customers with the ability to gather contextual insight in a timely and appropriate way
- In Aviation Maintenance customers will see three important additions:
o The introduction of Remote Assistance mixed reality to prevent aircraft from being out of service through real-time collaboration
o Supervisor workflows for Forward Line Maintenance will keep supervisors and technicians up to date in real-time to react to changes that may occur during the operation of aircraft
o Enhanced electronic signatures will enable technicians to sign off task and fault work completion, fault deferrals, and aircraft release using an electronic signature – on their mobile device or desktop, both online and offline
IFS Chief Product Officer Christian Pedersen commented “With IFS Cloud we set out to develop and bring to market a product that is aligned to how customers buy and use technology. Customers look at their business in terms of their people, their assets, and their customers, not in terms of software product categories. With IFS Cloud and with this April 2022 release, we are continuing to break down these artificial constructs and deliver capabilities that are aligned to how customers run their business – end to end.” Pedersen continued: “As an example, customers want intelligent insights faster and they want to accelerate automation, but they want to do this across their people, assets and customers’ processes so that they can garner more value faster”. He concluded: “Customers can expect IFS to stay laser focused on its promise to deliver improvements in the way their entire business can consume them, and I am hugely proud that once again we are keeping our promise.”
IFS Customer since 2014, DSL has been providing innovative food service solutions since 1916. Representing world-class brand partners such as the Taylor Company, Henny Penny & Franke Coffee Systems, DSL is the largest Canadian supplier of premium food service equipment. Now in the IFS Cloud Pioneer Programme, its President Reeve Dunn commented: “DSL is excited to have embarked on the journey of implementing IFS Cloud. We chose IFS as our ERP and FSM solution not only for the features it offers now, but equally importantly, to help us be ready for the innovations of the future”. Dunn added: “We have confidence that IFS will remain on the leading edge of the advancements that occur in field service, and the IFS Cloud solution will ensure that DSL is able to implement those solutions quickly and efficiently for our customers.”
IFS is committed to delivering an ever-evolving set of solutions for customers along their transformation life-cycles – future-proofing their operations, limiting risk to their businesses, and allowing them to create increasing value to their own customers.
To find out more about the latest IFS Cloud release, visit: https://www.ifs.com/cloud
20 Apr 22. Australian Universities to lead $250m defence technology commercialisation program. Defence will spend $50m to leverage a further $200m investment by a consortium of two universities, the CSIRO and more than 50 industry partners in the commercialisation of Australian-developed defence technology. The Defence Trailblazer: Concept to Sovereign Capability (CSC) bid, led by the University of Adelaide in partnership with the University of New South Wales, has been endorsed to assist the development of sovereign Australian defence technology under the Trailblazer Universities Program. Defence will invest $50m in cash over four years, matched by $50m of funding from the two universities and $10m from the CSIRO. More than $140m will be invested in the project by over 50 industry partners bringing the total value of the program to approximately $250m.
“The Defence Trailblazer will transform the nature of the relationship between the academic sector, defence industry and the Department of Defence, compelling universities to pivot outwards towards entrepreneurial and commercial outcomes-driven collaboration,” said Ms Christine Zeitz, General Manager Asia Pacific, Northrop Grumman and CSC Chair-designate. “CSC will address the pressing requirement for a strategic response from industry and academia to the strategic threat environment. It is imperative that we adopt new approaches, to drive research translation and sovereign manufacturing as key industry inputs to defence capability.”
Major General Susan Coyle, the ADF’s Head of Information Warfare, said, “The Defence Trailblazer: Concept to Sovereign Capability program signals the start of a closer relationship between Defence, research organisations and defence industry that will see Australia’s sovereign defence capability significantly strengthened.
“Mutually reinforcing this relationship is the key to accelerating the translation of research into commercialised and deployable Australian Defence Force capabilities. New technology developed under CSC will sustain the Australian Defence Force’s ability to defend national security interests in a highly volatile geo-strategic environment.”
Industry and academia will support Defence’s pull-through of leading-edge capabilities, including dual-use technologies, to sustain the ability of the ADF to defend Australia’s national security interests in a highly volatile geo-strategic environment. The CSC partners will integrate emerging technologies and scale-up manufacturing in a number of priority areas:
- Quantum Materials, Technologies & Computing
- Defensive Hypersonics & Countermeasures
- Information Warfare & Advanced Cyber Technologies
- Robotics, Autonomous Systems & AI (RAS-AI)
- Defence Space Technologies
These match the investment priorities of Defence’s Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF) administered by DST Group, as well as some of DST Group’s eight STaR Shots.
CSC will allocate $34m in seed funding to enable industry and university innovators to create deployable prototypes of disruptive technologies to meet Defence’s priority future requirements. Successful commercialisation of these technologies in defence and dual-use market opportunities will be enabled through a $126m Advanced Innovation Fund. These two funding streams underscore the focus of CSC to commercialise technology and grow the Australian economy.
Over 80 per cent of industry commitments to the program are from Australia-based SMEs. This involvement of SMEs underlines the potential to upscale Australia’s sovereign defence capability, support national security and drive economic growth through commercialisation in dual-use technology areas, according to the University of Adelaide.
“CSC will expand Australia’s defence industry capabilities to develop and service international export markets with strategic partners through measures including assistance to develop supply chains, transfer of IP protection expertise, transfer of cybersecurity expertise, and promotion of government and private support programs to deliver new technologies for the defence sector and, importantly, civilian markets, where possible,” said Dr Stephen Rodda, the University of Adelaide’s Chief Innovation & Commercialisation Officer.
“With more than $140m committed by industry to our Defence Trailblazer CSC in less than two months and a total program value of $250m, a clear signal has been sent by industry about the appetite for strategic risk in the defence industry and the desire to leverage the skills and capabilities within our university sector.
“More than 80% of companies already committed to participate in CSC are Australian owned, and all are Australian based, which underpins the value of our proposal for sovereign capability and national security.”
It is estimated that CSC will have a net economic benefit to the Australian economy of $1.5bn over ten years and will deliver more than 2,500 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs over four years directly linked to the activities of the program. (Source: Rumour Control)
20 Apr 22. BAE Systems and Pipistrel to Develop Electric Aircraft for Defence Market. BAE Systems and Pipistrel Aircraft have announced plans to collaborate on the development of solutions for the defence and security market, including the application of electric aircraft. The collaboration will see BAE Systems applying its expertise in advanced military aircraft together with Pipistrel’s leading position in electrically powered aircraft, to explore the development of light-weight sustainable aircraft.
Electric-powered aircraft are one way that international Air Forces are looking to reduce carbon emissions, not only because they are more environmentally friendly than traditionally powered equivalent aircraft but they also deliver significantly reduced running costs. Ian Muldowney, Chief Operating Officer, BAE Systems Air, said:
“We’re excited to be working with Pipistrel as a well-known leader in the light aircraft space, specialising in electric power. This is an opportunity to help evolve the range of products and services we can offer to our customers who are responding to rapidly changing defence and security priorities.
“While operational capability will always be the priority in defence, we know that solutions that are sympathetic to the environment are becoming increasingly important and our collaboration with Pipistrel presents a fantastic opportunity to leverage our joint expertise.” Ivo Boscarol, founder and CEO of Pipistrel Aircraft, said:
“To address climate change, an unprecedented application of zero-emission technologies is necessary, especially in aviation. We welcome BAE Systems’ initiative to embrace cutting edge and type-certified electric propulsion technologies that are already deployed in our Velis Electro. As we look into the future, we are excited about this collaboration, bringing enhanced potential for an even greater product.”
The collaboration with Pipistrel is the latest commitment to sustainable aviation by BAE Systems, supporting its strategy to accelerate sustainable technology development through increased investment in research and development, as well as working with industry partners, small and medium-sized enterprises and academia. The drive to develop sustainable products and solutions to meet evolving customer requirements is a key focus for BAE Systems, including areas such as electrification, increased use of synthetics and other greener energy sources. (Source: UAS VISION)
19 Apr 22. Japan designing flight controls, AI for fighter-support UAV. A combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) project being developed in Japan to support future manned fighter aircraft is undergoing advances to its flight control and artificial intelligence (AI) systems. The country’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) told Janes that it is designing the tactical flight-control and remote-control system of the unmanned aircraft using a manned aerial platform as a guide.
“Our plan is to test and evaluate those technologies with a subscale model UAV,” ATLA said. The agency added that research on the subscale UAV model began in 2019.
Tentatively known as the ‘combat support autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle’, the project has been the focus of renewed funding in the 2022 Japan defence budget. Tokyo allocated JPY9.8bn (USD77.461m) to conduct a concept study.
According to ATLA, the concept study “consists of [the] computational simulation of several AI-controlled UAVs and some pilot-in-the-loop simulation for teaming with these UAVs”. (Source: Janes)
18 Apr 22. Instrument Flight Rules Airworthiness Release expands the flight envelope for UH-60V. The UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter, enabled by the Northrop Grumman Corporation-developed, (NYSE: NOC) OpenLift architecture, has been granted an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Airworthiness Release by the U.S. Army Systems Readiness Directorate. This will allow pilots to fly the UH-60V under all meteorological conditions.
“Achieving IFR airworthiness is a major milestone for the UH-60V with OpenLift.,” said Lindsay McEwen, vice president, navigation, targeting and survivability, Northrop Grumman. “Aircrews can now experience the unique capabilities of this open architecture aircraft under all conditions.”
The UH-60V with OpenLift upgrades current UH-60L aircraft, replacing the legacy cockpit with a fully open, digital and integrated avionics package. The pilot-vehicle interface is nearly identical to that of the UH-60M, enabling common training and operational employment.
Open, safe and secure, the UH-60V has achieved airworthiness for its multicore processor – a first for an Army Black Hawk helicopter. This allows the flight-critical systems to be separated safely from the mission software and enables the use of third-party applications.
OpenLift has been flight demonstrated on the AH-64E Apache and can be extended to other aircraft of the Enduring Fleet, as well as to the planned aircraft of Future Vertical Lift. It is currently exportable for Black Hawk and other platforms.
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