EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Qualification testing of U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and their modified subsystems and components is to be performed by Wyle.
The $3 million, 3-year contract from the Army's UH-60 program office also covers commercial variants of the aircraft used by organizations such as the FBI.
"These tests are designed to improve the reliability of installed modifications to the UH-60 helicopter, reduce total ownership costs and to decrease unplanned maintenance events," Wyle said.
"Any new component that is considered for this helicopter must be tested to ensure compatibility and interoperability with existing equipment, and to ensure that the component can reliably perform in the environment that the UH-60 helicopter will experience in the field."
Wyle said tests will include reliability of the equipment in high and low temperatures and rain; reliability when exposed to fungus, salt/fog, crash shock, acceleration and vibration.
Under the contract, Wyle will develop profiles for environmental, electromagnetic compliance and power quality tests; generate specific test procedures; and fabricate or modify test fixtures and monitoring devices for the tests and also document test data.