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Polish SF receive S-70i Black Hawk helicopters

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.

The President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, presided over the handover ceremony. During his speech, the President admitted that the requirement of the Polish Special Forces for new transport/multirole helicopters is much bigger than just the 4 platforms, adding that he hopes that Poland will be able to fill this requirement in the nearest future / Picture: Michal Jarocki

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.

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