The Philippines Acquires 32 S70i Black Hawk Helicopters from Poland Worth $624 Million

An S-70i Black Hawk helicopter at the MSPO trade show carries a lightweight single-station external stores pylon supporting four Hellfire air-to-ground missiles. The prototype pylon’s drop design offers a wide field of fire to the crew-served machine gun, which also can be locked into a fixed forward position for control by a pilot gunner.

The Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) signed a contract for the purchase of 32 additional S70i Black Hawk helicopters from PZL Mielic of Poland in a ceremony held Tuesday, at the DND Building in Camp Aguinaldo.

“This is a continuing relationship between our countries. The Philippine Air Force is very happy with the Black Hawk helicopters,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in his remarks.

Worth $624 million, the acquisition of the additional 32 units also comes with an integrated logistics support and training package for pilots and maintenance crew.

Sixteen units were previously purchased from PZL Mielec, with the final batch delivered and received late last year.

“Hopefully, the delivery of these new utility helicopters will start soon. I think we will not be here anymore to receive these helicopters, but nonetheless, we will be happy to see the improvement of the capability of the Philippine Air Force,” the defense chief said.

Sec. Lorenzana signed in behalf of the DND, while Mr. Janusz Zakrecki, PZL Mielec President represented the Polish company during the ceremony.

The S70i Black Hawk helicopter can be used both as a utility and attack helicopter.

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