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05.09.2019

ARMED BLACK HAWK ON DISPLAY AT MSPO

PZL Mielec presents the Black Hawk helicopter’s suspended weaponry

An S-70i Black Hawk helicopter at the MSPO trade show carries a lightweight  single-station external stores pylon supporting four Hellfire air-to-ground missiles.  The prototype pylon’s drop design offers a  wide field of fire to the crew-served machine g
An S-70i Black Hawk helicopter at the MSPO trade show carries a lightweight
single-station external stores pylon supporting four Hellfire air-to-ground missiles. The
prototype pylon’s drop design offers a wide field of fire to the crew-served machine g

A single station pylon can carry a fuel tank, machine gun, guided and unguided rockets, air-to-ground missiles. 

During the  MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition,  PZL Mielec, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) displayed an S-70i™ Armed Black Hawk® helicopter fitted with a single-station external stores pylon.  Designed at PZL Mielec as a lighter weight, lower cost alternative to currently fielded dual-station external wings, a single-station pylon attached to one or both sides of the aircraft will be compatible with the advanced weapon system that allows Black Hawk pilot gunners to support battlefield operations using forward firing guns, rockets and air-to-ground missiles.

"We're developing the single-station pylon in response to requests by militaries across Europe, Latin America and Asia for a battlefield support helicopter that can be armed for different types of missions that may not always need four weapons stations," said Janusz Zakręcki, president, general director of PZL Mielec.  "Operators can arm the aircraft for suppressive fire, surveillance, armed reconnaissance, armed escort and air assault missions, and still carry out other utility roles whenever pylons and stores must remain on the aircraft."

At a quarter the cost and weight of a dual-station wing, a pylon can be removed or attached by two people in 15 minutes, produces less drag during flight, offers a wider field of fire to window or door gunners, and opens more space to hoist a litter into the aircraft while in a hover. For large targets, a pylon will be able to carry HELLFIRE™ or Spike air-to-ground missile launchers.  A pylon also can extend aircraft range with an 80-gallon external fuel tank.
As a complementary option for the S-70i / S-70M Armed Black Hawk with dual-station wings, the single station pylon will integrate with the aircraft's weapons management system that calculates the range and complex ballistics required for pilot gunners to engage targets with high accuracy and reliability from stand-off distances during day and night operations.

PZL Mielec expects to begin airworthiness flight testing of the prototype pylon design in 2020.

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company  that employs approximately 105,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

The helicopter is put on display at the 27th International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO

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