Goodrich Corporation has been selected by Sikorsky to provide the Integrated Vehicle Health Management System (IVHMS) for the US Army’s UH-60M Black Hawk program.
Initial deliveries will begin in 2005. If all options are exercised, the contract is expected to generate in excess of $100 million in revenue over the life of the program.
The US Army’s aviation modernisation plan is to upgrade existing UH-60A and UH-60L aircraft to the UH-60M configuration and purchase new production UH-60M Black Hawks.
The IVHMS is a derivative of Goodrich’s Integrated Mechanical Diagnostics – Health and Usage Management (IMD-HUMS) system which has been used in Iraq with installations on 30 UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters in the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
The IVHMS monitors the aircraft’s engines, transmission and rotors to detect developing problems and includes a cockpit voice flight data recorder and crash survivable memory unit. The technology enables the Army to proactively plan maintenance based on the usage and condition of “life limited” parts within a helicopter’s critical systems.