Philippine Air Force

LOOK: Second batch of Black Hawk choppers arrive in PH

Jairo Bolledo
LOOK: Second batch of Black Hawk choppers arrive in PH

NEW AIRCRAFTS. Five additional Black Hawk helicopters purchased by the Philippine Air Force arrived on Monday, June 7, 2021.

Philippine Air Force

The third batch is expected to be delivered in the last quarter of 2021

The Philippine Air Force welcomed the arrival of five Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters on Monday, June 7, in Clark Air Base, Pampanga.

FROM POLAND. Personnel of the Philippine Air Force and Polskie Zaklady Lotnicze unload the Black Hawk helicopters from Antonov plane. Philippine Air Force

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.  

MULTI-MISSION AIRCRAFTS. The initial six Black Hawk helicopters were used by the government to deliver vaccines in remote areas. Philippine Air Force

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.

AIR FORCE UPGRADE. The arrival of the helicopters is expected to boost the aerial capability of the military. Philippine Air Force

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

Jairo Bolledo

Jairo Bolledo is a multimedia reporter at Rappler covering the police, crime, military, and security.