First batch of the 16 S-70i Black Hawks to be delivered to PH before the year ends

First batch of the 16 S-70i Black Hawks to be delivered to PH before the year ends

Good news for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) and to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in general.
Republic of Poland Ambassador to the Philippines Jarosław Szczepankiewicz has just confirmed in a statement published on Business Mirror that the much awaited six (6) of the sixteen (16) ordered S-70i Black Hawk helicopters for Philippine Air Force (PAF) will be arriving before 2020 ends.

“The purchase of 16 S-70i combat-utility helicopters manufactured by the Polish Aviation Works-Mielec (PZL-Mielec) is an excellent example of cooperation between our two countries,” Ambassador Szczepankiewicz said.

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

“By the end of 2020, PZL-Mielec will hand over the first six units of S-70i Black Hawk helicopters to the PAF under a contract signed in 2019,” he added.
In a senate hearing last January 2019, Department of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that although it is built in Poland, the S-70i Black Hawk helicopters will be certified by the US based Lockheed Martin Sikorsky.

Further the Defense Secretary said, all Philippine Air Force (PAF) pilots will be training in the US mainland, and that all manuals of the new helicopters will be in English.
“In fact the training of our pilots will be done in Florida,” DND Secretary Lorenzana noted. “So all the manuals and everything will be in English.”

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