Department on National Defene (DND) on Black Hawk helis : Vital In Rescue Ops

Department on National Defene (DND) on Black Hawk helis : Vital In Rescue Ops



The Department of National Defense (DND) explains the importance of helicopters in the inventory of the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

DND said that helicopters has always been vital in the country and are used not solely for military operations.

UH-1 Hueys and its newest acquisition of S-70i Black Hawk are capable of transporting relief personnel and aid, are a necessity in disaster-prone countries like the Philippines.

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“For a country constantly beset by calamities and currently battling a pandemic, transport helicopters like the ‘Black Hawks’ are an absolutely necessary asset in our inventory that will allow the Armed Forces to respond efficiently and effectively to critical situations,” DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said in a statement.


DND takes note that there is a need to expand and upgrade PAF’s helicopter fleet, that’s why President Rodrigo Roa Duterte recently announced that the country will acquire more Black Hawk transport helicopters, which are versatile workhorses that are capable of performing various functions in a variety of situations.

“For instance, they can and will be used in airlifting relief goods and first responders during disasters, as well as ferry supplies such as perishable vaccines and medicines to far-flung areas that are difficult to reach by land. The ‘Black Hawk’ transport helicopters will evacuate people during emergencies, and can fly critically-ill or injured patients to medical facilities when time is of the essence,” Andolong said.

Earlier President Duterte has approved the acquisition of 15 Black Hawk helicopters to address the growing heli-lift deficiency of the PAF.

The country received six modern S-70i Black Hawks late last year, which is part of the 16 units ordered from Polish company Polskie Zaklady Lotnicze Sp.z.o.o. and manufactured under license from Sikorsky USA.





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