PZL Mielec’ Single Station Stores Pylon for Black Hawk
PZL Mielec developed a single-station external stores pylon for its S-70i/S-70M Black Hawk. It was on display at MSPO 2019 and expected to begin flight testing in 2020. Can be use to carry Hellfire or Spike missiles or a 80 gallon external fuel tank
* A lighter weight, lower cost alternative to currently fielded dual-station external wings known as External Stores Support System or ESSS
Lockheed Martin, September 08, 2019 - KIELCE, Poland - During the MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition, PZL Mielec, a Lockheed Martin company displayed an S-70i™ Armed Black Hawk® helicopter fitted with a single-station external stores pylon.
Designed at PZL Mielec as a lighter weight, lower cost alternative to currently fielded dual-station external wings, a single-station pylon attached to one or both sides of the aircraft will be compatible with the advanced weapon system that allows Black Hawk pilot gunners to support battlefield operations using forward firing guns, rockets and air-to-ground missiles.
"We're developing the single-station pylon in response to requests by militaries across Europe, Latin America and Asia for a battlefield support helicopter that can be armed for different types of missions that may not always need four weapons stations," said Janusz Zakręcki, president, general director of PZL Mielec.
"Operators can arm the aircraft for suppressive fire, surveillance, armed reconnaissance, armed escort and air assault missions, and still carry out other utility roles whenever pylons and stores must remain on the aircraft."
At a quarter the cost and weight of a dual-station wing, a pylon can be removed or attached by two people in 15 minutes, produces less drag during flight, offers a wider field of fire to window or door gunners, and opens more space to hoist a litter into the aircraft while in a hover.
For large targets, a pylon will be able to carry HELLFIRE™ or Spike air-to-ground missile launchers. A pylon also can extend aircraft range with an 80-gallon external fuel tank.
As a complementary option for the S-70i / S-70M Armed Black Hawk with dual-station wings, the single station pylon will integrate with the aircraft's weapons management system that calculates the range and complex ballistics required for pilot gunners to engage targets with high accuracy and reliability from stand-off distances during day and night operations.
PZL Mielec expects to begin airworthiness flight testing of the prototype pylon design in 2020.
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The specialized variant MH-60M operated by the US Army’ 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment used Multi-Station Lightweight Armament Support Structure (MLASS) wings that replace the legacy External Stores Support System (ESSS). Built by Unitech Composites since 2017 are lightweight, corrosion resistant and supports many weapons configurations including the M230 30-mm cannon, the M261 rocket launcher and the M299 missile launcher. 160th SOAR also used Unitech’s Lightweight Armament Support Structure (LASS) the single-station weapons pylon version.