, Maiden Flightfrom Unpiloted Black Hawk
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Maiden Flightfrom Unpiloted Black Hawk

Maiden Flightfrom Unpiloted Black Hawk June 8, 2019

Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk testbed helicopter equipped with Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) technology made its maiden flight on 29 May, the company announced on 6 June.

The flight took place at company's West Palm Beach facility in Florida on 29 May. İt also marked the official start of the flight trials programme for the OPV technology following an earlier test aboard a S-76B Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) testbed helicopter.

"This is the first full authority fly-by-wire retrofit kit developed by Sikorsky that has completely removed mechanical flight controls from the aircraft," Lockheed Martin said.

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