Call to Action
Contact your representatives and senators. Ask them to support the Army’s unfunded requirement request to authorize and appropriate 36 additional UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for the Total Army. This includes 15 for the Army National Guard in the fiscal year 2017 defense bills.
The Black Hawk’s mission flexibility makes it the Army Guard’s primary rotary-wing asset to respond to state emergencies and support overseas contingency operations.
The Army Guard operates 849 of the service’s 2,135 Black Hawks. Nearly 300 Army Guard Black Hawks are old UH-60A models. Many are more than 25-years old and are nearing the end of their useful lives. The UH-60A is also significantly more expensive to operate than the UH-60L and UH-60M models.
The Army is modernizing the Black Hawk fleet by fielding new UH/HH-60M helicopters and by recapitalizing UH-60A models to the UH-60L model. An initiative is also underway to develop a digital cockpit for the UH-60L and re-designate the aircraft as the UH-60V.
Budget Control Act cuts have already reduced UH-60M Black Hawk production rates by more than 55 percent, from more than 85 aircraft per year to fewer than 40. These reductions will further delay modernization of the Army Guard’s Black Hawk fleet. The Army Guard will not retire its last UH-60A until 2025, while the regular Army will retire its last UH-60A in 2020.
The Army National Guard must remain mission relevant, ready to deploy, and ready to respond to emergencies at home. The fielding of new UH-60Ms to Army Guard units needs to accelerate to close the gap. Thank you for your support.