National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in an update that the final 5 of 16 ordered Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawks for Philippine Air Force (PAF) from Polish company Polskie Zakłady Lotnicze (PZL) will arrive in September.
This is after the delivery of 5, 7th to 11th units, S-70i Black Hawks at Clark Air Base on June 7.
“Additional five brand new Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawks have been delivered yesterday at the Clark Air Base by Polskie Zaklady Lotnicze. The remaining five of the 16 units procured will be delivered in September. Rest assured that your #OneDefenseTeamPH will put these new acquisitions to good use,” Secretary Lorenzana said.
PAF spokesperson Lt. Col. Maynard Mariano said that “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.”