The Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk program recently hit a key milestone when a prototype of the V-variant successfully completed its first test flight. The project is an effort to enhance the service’s aviation fleet without breaking the budget for modernization.
The Black Hawk helicopter transports troops and equipment into battle. It also supports other logistics activities and medical evacuation.
The aircraft gained fame in popular culture when it was featured in the film Black Hawk Down about the 1993 Battle for Mogadishu in Somalia. It was back in the spotlight in 2011 after a modified, stealthy version of the platform carried Navy SEALs to Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan where they killed the al-Qaida leader.