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Brazil's Black Hawks complete 5,000 hours

7th August 2009 - 12:05 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The Brazilian Air Force's fleet of UH-60 Black Hawks have completed a milestone 5,000 flying hours.

Over 35 months since the aircraft were delivered, the UH-60Ls of 7º/8º GAV, Harpia Squadron based at Manaus have participated in humanitarian missions in Bolivia helping victims after extensive flooding and helped in the search and rescue operations associated with the recent loss of Air France flight 447 and Gol flight 1907.

Other missions have seen the H-60s involved in anti-drug operations

The helicopter also supported the Brazilian Department of State in vaccination missions, they also carried servers and ballot boxes from polling stations in isolated communities in the Amazonian interior.

The squadron has also led the way in the operation of new equipment, developing the doctrine of Combat Search and Rescue, the use of Night Vision Goggles (NVGs) and the use of the M134 machine gun.

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