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Dubai Airshow 2011: Sikorsky builds backlog for International Black Hawk

14th November 2011 - 10:17 GMT | by Tony Osborne in Dubai, UAE

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Sikorsky is preparing to ramp-up production of its S-70i International Black Hawk, according to company officials at the Dubai Airshow.

The company has so far delivered four aircraft – three to the Saudi Ministry of the Interior, the aircraft's launch customer, and a single example to the Mexican state of Jalisco. The Saudi examples have already been used to support security operations in Mecca during the Hajj pilgrimage.

The ramp-up will see production of the aircraft, which takes place at PZL-Mielec's plant in Poland, increase to 20 helicopters per year with a backlog building for the aircraft aimed at customers

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Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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