Sikorsky has completed qualification work on a comprehensive weapon suite for its S-70M and S-70i Black Hawk helicopters, the company said, enabling the aircraft to perform a variety of medium-attack missions.
The completion of qualification work in 2017 concludes a six-year development program of the weapons system, including two years of live-fire tests at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.
Speaking at a news conference the day before the Singapore Airshow, Sikorsky Director of International Programs Joe Palumbo said that deliveries of the weapons kits have started for an unidentified customer using the helicopters in a “hot and dry” environment, believed to be the United Arab Emirates.
Christophe Nurit, Sikorsky’s vice president of sales and marketing for the Asia-Pacific region, added that the weapons suite is being marketed to users who do not need a dedicated attack helicopter.
The addition of the weapons suite can include the Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire anti-tank missile, Hydra 70 unguided rockets in 7- or 19-shot pods, and the 12.7mm GAU-19 triple barrel Gatling gun mounted on four hardpoints on the Black Hawk’s stub wings.