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Austria awaits first modified S-70 Black Hawk

12th March 2021 - 15:35 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The first of three modified S-70 helicopters will be formally handed over to the Austrian Air Force on 15 March.

The Austrian Air Force is about to receive the first of three modified Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk helicopters.

The helicopters were bought second-hand from Jordan for €60 million in 2020.

Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner will attend a 15 March ceremony at Langenlebarn airbase some 50km northwest of Vienna, the Austrian MoD announced on 12 March.

Procurement of the S-70s began in August 2018, when the Austrian government announced that they would be added to a fleet of nine S-70A42s.

By January 2019, the government had committed funding to buy the three Black Hawks plus 18 light multirole helicopters to replace a fleet of 21 ageing Aerospatiale Alouette IIIs.

Subsequently, in September 2020 the Leonardo AW169M was chosen for the multirole requirement.

This article was updated on 19 March with details of the origin of the helicopters.

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