Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, has confirmed to Janes that it is preparing to pitch the armed variant of S-70i Black Hawk helicopter to the Philippine Air Force (PAF).
PAF has an attack helicopter acquisition project under the current Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program.
According to report by Janes, Sikorsky will be offering six attack helicopters through direct commercial sale (DCS).
PAF is now awaiting delivery for 16 S-70i Black Hawk helicopters, being built by Sikorsky’s unit PZL Mielec in Poland. These 16 S-70is will be used as combat utility helicopters (CUH).
Republic of Poland Ambassador to the Philippines Jarosław Szczepankiewicz first mentioned about the pitching of armed S-70i Black Hawk helicopter to PAF in a statement published on Business Mirror on June 10.
“The commonality between the armed Black Hawk and the already contracted 16 S-70is for the PAF combat-utility helicopter program will further enhance sustained cost-efficiencies between the two fleets. Armed S-70is are already in commission in three countries: the United States, the United Arab Emirates, and Colombia,” the Polish ambassador said.
“PZL-Mielec can meet the PAF’s schedule with the first Armed Black Hawk delivery in initial operating capability in June 2022, with the remaining aircraft and full operating capability within 2023,” Szczepankiewicz added.