The Philippine Air Force welcomed the arrival of another five S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters from Poland on Monday, June 7 in Clark Air Base, Pampanga.
After the first batch of five helicopters was delivered to the Philippines in November 2020, this is the second batch of helicopters to be delivered to the Philippines. The third batch is scheduled to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2021.
“With the latest delivery, the PAF now has 11 Black Hawk utility helicopters. Meanwhile, the third batch of five helicopters are scheduled to be delivered before the end of 2021,” Lt. Col. Maynard Mariano, Philippine Air Force (PAF) spokesperson said in a statement.
The Philippines earlier acquired 16 helicopters amounting to $241.46 million (P11 billion) from Polish company Polskie Zaklady Lotnicze.
“The recent arrival of the five Black Hawks will further boost the heli-lift capability of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and will help the government deliver more services in more areas in less time. In the past few months, the Black Hawks transported vaccines and PPE (personal protective equipment) sets to the remotest areas of Batanes, Bicol, and other parts of the country,” Lt. Col. Mariano added.
In April 2021, the Philippines and Poland signed an agreement that enabled deals on defense hardware and the purchase of additional aircraft.