Philippines S 70i delivery 1 640First Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters delivered to the Philippine Air Force

On 9 November the Hukbong Himpapawid ng Pilipinas (Philippine Air Force) received the first five out of sixteen Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk transport helicopters that were ordered in June 2019.

The Black Hawks helicopters, that are built by PZL Mielec in Poland were transported by an Antonov Design Bureau An-124, registration RA-82072, from Jasionka/Rzeszów Airport (Poland) to Clark Air Force Base with a stop in Kuwait.

The sixteen Black Hawks are intended to replace the UH-1s with the Air Force and will be operated by the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing.

This Helicopter Wing will also receive 21 surplus UH-1H Huey helicopters from Republic of Korea Army.

The 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing commands three Tactical Helicopter Squadrons (THS) operating the UH-1D and UH-1H. These are:

206th THS Hornets at Edwin Andrews Air Base near Zamboanga City
207th THS Stingers at Manila/Ninoy Aquino Intl.
208th THS Daggers at Mactan-Benito Ebuen Air Base near Cebu

 Photos: Philippine Air Force

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