Sixth S-70i Black Hawk for Philippine Air Force arrives

The sixth Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk Combat Utility Helicopter (CUH) ordered for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) has arrived transported by a cargo ship. A photo of said helicopter being transported from Port of Manila was posted by MaxDefense Philippines.

The first five S-70i Black Hawks were transported through an Antonov An-124 Ruslan which landed at Clark International Airport on November 9.

The Department of National Defense (DND) said earlier this month that “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 noted 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.