First Victor-model UH-60 helo rolls off line at Corpus Christi depot ahead of 2021 fielding

WASHINGTON — The first Victor model of the UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopter produced at Corpus Christi Army Depot rolled off the line last month ahead of a 2021 fielding, according to the U.S. Army’s program executive officer for aviation.

The Victor model converts a Lima-model Black Hawk from an analogue cockpit with a new digital one. This replacement better matches the capability of the UH-60 Mike model, the latest variant of the helicopter. But its success could serve as a springboard for the Army’s future vertical lift backbone, which will allow mission systems to seamlessly plug into the architecture of the aircraft.

The Army partnered with Corpus Christi Army Depot, Texas, to convert “L” models into new “V” models at a rate of 48 aircraft per year, which has been called too slow, as it would take 15 years for the service to produce all 760 aircraft. The Army

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Segway rolls out C80 moped-style ebike

At the end of last year, Segway gave us a glimpse of a few of its upcoming urban mobility electric two-wheelers, including an eMoped. Now the company has put that C80 model up for pre-order on Indiegogo.

The C80 has the look of a basic sit-on scooter but rocks pedals so is also an ebike, with Segway saying that riders won’t require a license to use it in most US states.

The eMoped is powered by a 750-W motor for a top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h) via the twist-grip throttle, with an auto cruise feature available that will maintain a selected speed at the push of a button. Each grip ends in an LED indicator for at-a-glance, color-coded status verification. Ride information such as speed and remaining charge are displayed on an LED dash in the middle of the handlebars. And a removable 48-V, 24-Ah, 1,152-Wh Li-ion battery

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