The Army’s Iconic Helicopter, The Black Hawk, Is Going Pilotless!

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

As part of the Army’s effort to reduce costs, the five-ton Black Hawk helicopter is about to carry out autonomous flights for expeditionary and resupply operations.

Chris Van Buiten, Sikorsky’s vice president of Technology and Innovation recently said, “Imagine a vehicle that can double the productivity of the Black Hawk in Iraq and Afghanistan by flying with, at times, a single pilot instead of two, decreasing the workload, decreasing the risk, and at times when the mission is really dull and really dangerous, go it all the way to fully unmanned.”

The Black Hawk utilizes Sikorsky’s advanced Matrix aviation software with its man-portable Ground Control Station (GCS) technology in order to carry out missions with little to no human interaction at all.

This is just the latest step in the military’s ongoing effort to reduce troop numbers through the use of autonomous technology.

Marshall Smith

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