Presidential helicopter getting AMRDEC upgrade
A VH-60N White Hawk executive transport helicopter, assigned to Marine Helicopter Squadron One, flies over the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., en route to the White House. The VH-60N is a twin engine, all-weather helicopter that supports the executive transport mission for the President of the United States. AMRDEC's Software Engineering Directorate is supporting the U.S. Navy's Cockpit Upgrade Program, developing VH-60N mission planning software.

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (Aug. 15, 2013) -- The primary aircraft in the U.S. President's rotary wing fleet is the VH-60N, also known as the White Hawk, and to support its mission planning, the Navy called upon members of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center Software Engineering Directorate.

The "White Hawk" is a Black Hawk-based helicopter and through the U.S. Navy's Cockpit Upgrade Program it will be receiving the Common Avionics Architecture System.

The Aviation Mission Planning System team at AMRDEC's Software Engineering Directorate has extensive experience developing mission planning software for CAAS cockpits, including the Marine Corps' heavy lift helicopter CH-53E Super Stallion; the ARH-70A next-generation armed reconnaissance helicopter; and the CH-47F Chinook, which closely resembles the VH-60N in avionics and data load specification.

Because of this expertise, and because of SED's solid and longstanding record of delivering software solutions on time and on budget, the Navy has tasked SED with developing VH-60N mission planning software, said Mark Hundschied, project lead for SED's Presidential Helicopter mission planning.

The Aviation Mission Planning System team produces AMPS, its namesake hardware and software package, for Army aviation. It also customizes AMPS for various Foreign Military Sales customers, and produces other solutions, from components to systems, for mission planning workflows across the U.S. military.

"Our previous success with Rockwell Collins enabled us to secure this effort," Hundscheid said. "Our development team enjoys an excellent relationship with the project office, communicating frequently and candidly to deliver high-quality products."

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AMRDEC is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers.

RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it.

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