PAF Chief - 10 of 16 Black Hawk helicopters to arrive in 2020

PAF Chief - 10 of 16 Black Hawk helicopters to arrive in 2020



Good news for the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

The first 10 of 16 Black Hawk helicopters will be delivered to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) by 2020.


Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Rozzano Briguez told mediamen that the first 10 helicopters would be delivered in batches while the remaining six will be delivered in 2021.

Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters (photo credit to owner)


The 16 Sikorsky  S-70i Black Hawk helicopters will cost the Philippine government a total of P12 billion — this replaced the canceled contract of 16 Bell 412EP helicopters from Canada, after some Canadian officials said the said helis cannot be used that will further aggravate the so-called Human rights records even if it’s a valid insurgency problem.

The helis will be built in Poland by Poland’s PZL Mielec, Lockheed Martin’s biggest production facility outside the US.


At the celebration of the 72nd Air Force anniversary, Briguez announced the rest of the upcoming air assets and target delivery dates:


·      -   one C-130 transport aircraft by the last quarter of 2019

·       -  additional six NC-212i light lift aircraft in 2020

·      -   one C-295 fixed-wing aircraft later this month

·      -   one G280 jet in 2020

·       -  six A-29 Super Tucano in February 2020

·       -  four unmanned aerial systems in 2019




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