The delivery of four S-70i Black Hawk helicopters took place today at the 1st Airlift Base (1. Baza Lotnictwa Transportowego) in Warsaw. The ceremony was attended by, among others, the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and the Minister of National Defence, Mariusz Blaszczak.
New S-70i helicopters, which were manufactured by PZL Mielec, the local subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, will enhance air mobility of the Polish Special Forces. However, at the moment it’s not sure what capacity will the new helicopters be operated in, either providing troop transport capability to all of the Polish SF units or just one of them.
The contract for 4 new S-70i Black Hawk helicopters in the SF configuration was signed on 25th January. It had a value of 683,4 million Polish Zloty (160,3 million EUR) and covered the delivery of helicopters as well as technical and training packages and installation of additional, specifically selected onboard equipment.