The Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) released its first UH-60 Victor Black Hawk helicopter for delivery.
CCAD Commander, Colonel Joseph H. Parker hosted a formal signing ceremony immediately following a walk-around of the UH-60V Black Hawk with Chief Test Pilots, Crew Chiefs and the Director of Aircraft Production.
CCAD twitted as, "Another CCAD milestone! The first UH-60V (Victor model) Black Hawk helicopter in the recap program is ready for delivery. We SALUTE the many artisans, test pilots, crew chiefs and support elements who are dedicated to completing the mission!"
In a recent news release Colonel Joseph H. Parker, CCAD Commander said, “This is the first of up to 760 Black Hawks that will modernize the helicopter fleet through the Army’s recapitalization program. They are Army built and Army owned.” CCAD’s recapitalization program reduces the costs of replacing aging helicopters with new ones and avoids spending approximately $9M in tax dollars with each rebuild.
Since its original induction as a UH-60 Lima (L model) airframe, CCAD configured this helicopter into the current UH-60 Victor (V model). The upgrade replaced analog display with a modern digital, open glass cockpit, which allows for an easy-to-use, integrated Pilot Vehicle Interface. The reconfiguration enhances safety and interoperability with other advanced aircraft currently on the battlefield.
The ringing of the bell that was originally onboard the USNS Corpus Christi Bay signified another milestone for Army Aviation and the Depot. “The completion of this aircraft is the first step in moving the U.S. Army forward, transitioning to Future Vertical Lift.” said Colonel Joseph H. Parker, CCAD Commander. “We couldn’t be more proud.”