DND Keen On Acquiring More Black Hawk Helicopters for the PHL Air Force (PAF)

DND Keen On Acquiring More Black Hawk Helicopters for the PHL Air Force (PAF)



The Department of the National Defense (DND) is not stopping on its achievement of acquiring for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) more of the S-70i “Black Hawk” combat utility helicopters.

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said PAF chief, Lt. Gen. Allen Paredes told him that it would be more advantageous for the Air Force to be operating a single specific type of helicopter as it would be easier for them in terms of maintenance and training.

Hindi ko masabi kung bakit (I cannot exactly say the reason) but we actually still (have) funds remaining to procure helicopters sa ibang mga, ibang (from different) companies, sabi niya (Paredes) mas maganda na yung pareho para yung maintenance and pilot, hindi na mag-aaral (ulit) saka yung ano mo, yung supplies yung spare parts pareho-pareho lang, mas madaling i-maintain yung fleet ng lahat ‘Black Hawk’ kesa yung halo-halo di ba (He told me that it would be better to just have the same type of helicopter because of the maintenance and pilot training aspect. You won’t have to study again and your supplies and spare parts would just be the same. It would be easier to maintain a Black Hawk fleet instead of different aircraft types),” DND Sec. Lorenzana told reporters at Clark Air Base, Angeles City, Pampanga during the acceptance, blessing and turnover of the first six (6) Polish-made helicopters delivered last month.

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Lorenzana said Paredes told him that the PAF wants another 16 Black Hawk choppers to beef up its helicopter fleet.

“The chances of that being fulfilled are very big actually, so we’ll see. These brand-new combat utility helicopters will be used for missions such as transport of cargoes and personnel, medical evacuation, casualty evacuation, aerial reconnaissance, disaster relief operations, troop insertion and extrication, combat resupply, combat search-and-rescue, and limited close air support,” he added.

Lorenzana said the newly acquired helicopters would help the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in its operations.

“Equipped with the Black Hawk our Air Force can now provide prompt and sustained day and night tactical lift as well as combat and non-combat search-and-rescue operations,” he added.

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