Its OFFICIAL! : The PH Air Force (PAF) has its own Blackhawk choppers

Its OFFICIAL! : The PH Air Force (PAF) has its own Blackhawk choppers


It’s official the Philippines has its own Blackhawks!

The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) modernization continues as the Philippine Air Force(PAF) announced that it will formally accept into service on Thursday six (6) Polish-made Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters (CUH) delivered last month.

The acceptance, turnover, and blessing ceremonies were held at the Haribon Hangar, Clark Air Base, Angeles City, Pampanga, PAF spokesperson Lt. Col. Aristides Galang said in an advisory.

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The first five(5) units of S-70i were delivered via the Antonov An-124 heavy aircraft to Clark Air Base last November 9 while the sixth arrived aboard a cargo ship on November 27.

The six helicopters are part of 16 units acquired from Polish company Polskie Zaklady Lotnicze Sp.z.o.o and manufactured under license from Sikorsky USA for a contract price of USD241 million.

The acquisition was through a government to government agreement between the Philippines and Poland, which was the direct result of the negotiation done in 2019.

Earlier, DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said the remaining 10 units of the Polish-made S-70i Black Hawks would be delivered in early 2021.

“The remaining 10 units are expected to be delivered within the first quarter of 2021,” he added.

Andolong added that the S-70i would boost the AFP’s capability to conduct various operations, including combat missions, humanitarian assistance, and disaster response, and help in the government efforts against the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

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