At the beginning of the week, Thales announced that they have been awarded a contract to support Northrop Grumman in the US Army’s UH-60L Black Hawk cockpit
upgrade program. Thales will supply Northrop with its i-FMS200 flight management system software for integration into the avionics mission equipment package being developed to modernize the UH-60L cockpit. Thales and Northrop have been working over the past three years to improve the i-FMS200 software. The improvements, which are set to be integrated into the UH-60L helicopters
, include decreasing pilot workload, increasing operational capability, and improving efficiency through mission specifics. In addition to the improved software, Thales will also supply the civilian-certified TOP Star 200 GPS system, which is expected to upgrade more than 750 helicopters under the UH-60V program.
Thales employs nearly 3,000 people in the United States, across 21 locations in 13 states, including Joint Ventures. The company also has a U.S. supplier investment of USD$482.6 million in 42 States as well as Washington D.C. Thales has demonstrated its commitment to the U.S. economy by establishing a solid local workforce and domestic production capability across all markets. In 2013, Thales’ US revenues were approximately USD$1.65 billion.