6th Black Hawk for PAF being delivered via cargo ship

The 6th of 16 ordered S70-i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters (CUHs) ordered for Philippine Air Force (PAF) from Poland is being delivered through a cargo ship.

Delivered S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters at Clark Air Base. DND photo

This is after the first five Black Hawks arrived November 9 through an airlifter.

The Department of National Defense (DND) said “five out of the 16 Blackhawks are already in the country. The aircraft that flew in the helicopters could only accommodate five units and, as a result, a sixth was loaded on a ship which is expected to arrive in Manila next month.”

“The remaining 10 units are expected to be delivered within the first quarter of 2021,” it added.

The DND said that the 16 helicopters, acquired from Polish company Polskie Zaklady Lotnicze Sp.z.o.o, were manufactured under license from Sikorsky USA and have a contract price of $241,461,699.39.

The project was carried out through a government-to-government transaction with Poland.