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Philippines spins up funds for extra Black Hawks

19th January 2022 - 02:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


The Philippine Air Force should get its hands on 32 additional S-70i helicopters over the next five years. (PAF)

Manila is moving forward with a package of 32 new helicopters assembled in Poland.

The Philippines has confirmed that it is proceeding with a significant order for 32 additional S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana revealed in a Facebook post that a notice of award was issued to PZL Mielec in Poland on 28 December 2021. This company manufactures the S-70i in conjunction with Lockheed Martin.

The deal for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) will be worth some PHP32 billion ($624 million), and a contract is expected to be signed imminently leading to a notice to proceed.

The Department of Budget and Management released the initial 5% funding for this

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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