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Israel grounds Black Hawk fleet amid engine troubles

19th August 2020 - 16:00 GMT | by Tim Martin in London

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The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has decided to ground its UH-60 Black Hawk (Owl) fleet following a number of T700 engine ‘technical malfunctions’ discovered over the past two months.

In a 17 August social media post, the service explained that Maj Gen Amikam Norkin, IAF Commander, approved grounding the helicopters for training and non-operational flights with an air force technical unit called upon to complete an investigation into the engine issues.

The exact nature of the problems have not been made public and an IAF spokesperson told Shephard ‘we have no further comment [to make] on the issue’.

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