Future Utility Rotorcraft (FUR) / UH-60(X)
The UH-60M and HH-60M will be the baseline for the development of Future Utility Rotorcraft (FUR). The FUR is conceptual, but the UH-60M is the "Block 1" of the program. Block 2 will be the UH-60(X) which is an old term but one still used for some discussions. The JROC Approved ORD for Recapitalization of the Black Hawk Utility Helicopter Fleet broken down into Block 1 [UH-60M] and Block 2 [UH-60(X)]. The OSD Guidance during BH Recap DAB process was to stop discussing UH-60(X). The Recapitalization isre only focused on the UH-60M. The directive was to stop using the term "UH-60(X)" for Block 2, since it leads one to believe that the H-60 platform is already the chosen solution for Block 2 requirements. As a result, the Army stopped using term "UH-60(X)" to describe Block 2 Utility Helicopter requirements and began using term "FUR"
The Army still requires a more advanced and more capable utility helicopter, one that can lift 10,000 pounds in a hot-and-high environment starting around 2014. While currently in the conceptual stages the FUR is not necessarily based on the UH-60 airframe but lists as goals, 175 knots cruise, 500 nm radius, 10,000lb external lift, 20% increase over UH-60L, improved handling qualities, air/land warrior integration, reduced susceptibility, increased survivability. Currently the requirements are in the development stage at the Department of Combat Development and will be presented to the General Officer Steering Committee.
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