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Uncrewed Black Hawk helicopter takes to the skies for the first time

The UH-60 Black Hawk, workhorse of US Army aviation, was flown with no crew for the first time this week, after being fitted with an automated flying system

Technology 9 February 2022

Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk OPV, N600PV (79-23298) during its first unmanned flight at Sabre AHP, Tennessee, on Saturday, February 5th, 2022.

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during its first uncrewed flight on 5 February 2022

Ted Carlson/Sikorsky Aircraft

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and aircraft manufacturer Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, have flown a Black Hawk helicopter with nobody onboard for the first time.

The UH-60 Black Hawk, which is the workhorse of US Army aviation, usually requires two pilots. The Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) allows it to be flown with two people, one person or no one. The first uncrewed flight took place at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, on 5 …