September 15, 2008
Sikorsky’s UH-60M Upgrade Black Hawk Helicopter Achieves First Flight With Eaton Onboard
IRVINE, Calif…. Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation last week announced the successful first flight of its UH-60M upgrade Black Hawk helicopter. The UH-60M upgrade is currently the only fly-by-wire rotary wing aircraft in flight test development within the Unites States Army.
The flight-test lasted approximately one hour and included hovering, forward flight, and a hover turn. The flight test was conducted at the company’s West Palm Beach facility in Florida.
Eaton’s Aerospace Business is a key supplier on the upgraded helicopter platform providing the hydraulic system engine driven pumps and the system’s heat exchangers.
In 2007, the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army approved full rate production of 1,227 UH-60M aircraft and long lead procurement of 11 upgrade LRIP aircraft. The first delivery of approximately 900 UH-60M upgrade aircraft is currently planned for the fourth quarter of 2010.
In the aerospace industry, Eaton is a leading supplier of hydraulic, electro-hydraulic pump and generator products and integrated systems; engine and airframe fuel pumps; electric motors; aircraft door actuation, flight and flow controls; fluid, fuel and air delivery products and systems; nose wheel steering systems; integrated control systems; cockpit controls and displays; power and load management systems; pressure sensors, seals, and fluid health monitoring products and systems. Eaton serves commercial and military aviation, aerospace, military ground systems, marine and off-road markets worldwide.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2007 sales of $13 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 81,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.