The country has received another set of Sikorsky-S70 Black Hawk helicopters, further strengthening the flight capabilities of the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

The new aircraft were delivered to the Clark Air Base on Monday aboard a chartered plane, according to PAF.

The new cluster of helicopters adds to the two previous shipments delivered to the country in 2020. The Philippines now has a total of 11 Black Hawks in their inventory. Another 5 is expected to arrive sometime this 2021.

According to PAF, the choppers will significantly improve the air capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), leading to faster response times.

“The recent arrival of the five (5) Blackhawks will further boost the heli-lift capability of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and will help the government deliver more services in more areas in less time,” the PAF explained.

The delivery of the choppers is part of a $240 million deal the national government made with Poland arms manufacturer Sikorsky, which is a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin.

The first batch of Black Hawk helicopters are being used to carry COVID-19 vaccines and other safety supplies to isolated areas in the country.

“With this new arrival, the PAF will be a better partner in the fight against the pandemic and a reliable ally in nation building,” the military agency said.

Posted by Philippine Air Force on Monday, June 7, 2021

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