An Antonov An-124 Ruslan transport aircraft reportedly arrived at Clark Air Base today, June 7 transporting 5 S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters (CUHs) for the Philippine Air Force (PAF).
The same type of aircraft delivered the initial batch of S-70i Black Hawk CUHs from Poland in November 2020. Six of 16 ordered S-70i Black Hawks constructed by Poland-based company PZL Mielec are already in PAF service.
“Since their acquisition, our Blackhawk S-70is have greatly boosted the operational readiness of the PAF in both combat and non-combat missions. Their larger capacity and impressive horsepower allows for a faster and long-range transport,” National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said last month.
“Looking forward to the delivery of the remaining 10 Blackhawks this year,” he added.
With the said latest arrival, 5 more are to be delivered to complete the 16 ordered S-70i Black Hawks.