Four Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters produced at PZL Mielec have been officially handed over to the Polish Armed Forces.
The ceremony was held on December 20 in the presence of the President of Poland Andrzej Duda, the Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak and numerous representatives of the Polish Army.
“With great satisfaction we are delivering advanced Black Hawk helicopters for Polish Army. I really believe this advanced Black Hawk will make difficult tasks easier for Special Forces. I wish very best for every new Black Hawk user, I hope new aircraft will serve you well and contribute to improve your safety”, said Janusz Zakręcki, President and General Director, PZL Mielec.
The contract for four S-70i Black Hawk helicopters was signed on January 25 at Polskie Zakłady Lotnicze by the head of the Ministry of National Defense in the presence of the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. Less than 11 months have passed since the contract was signed to the delivery of helicopters.
Versatile and durable S-70i Black Hawk are adapted to perform various tasks, which will increase the operational capabilities of the Polish Army. The helicopters will be used by Poland’s Special Operations Forces (SOF).
Designed and manufactured to U.S. Army requirements, the multi-role Black Hawk helicopter is the preferred combat assault and utility helicopter for the U.S. military and 31 international customers. The first native customer who chose this rotorcraft was the Polish police.