The Philippine Air Force welcomed the arrival of five Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters on Monday, June 7, in Clark Air Base, Pampanga.
This is the second batch of helicopters to be delivered to the Philippines, after the first batch of five helicopters in November 2020. The third batch is expected to be delivered in the last quarter of 2021.
The Philippines earlier purchased 16 helicopters amounting to $241.46 million (P11 billion) from Polish company Polskie Zaklady Lotnicze.
The Black Hawk helicopters are multi-mission utility helicopters, which can be used for border patrol, search and rescue operations, and cargo lift, among other missions. They are expected to boost the weak heli-lift capability of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
In April 2021, the Philippines and Poland signed an agreement that enabled deals on defense hardware and the purchase of additional air craft. – Rappler.com