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PZL Mielec building firefighting Black Hawks
PZL Mielec will supply firefighting variants of the S-70i Black Hawk utility helicopter to the County of Los Angeles, California, the company announced on 29 August.
The two new Mielec-built Black Hawks, called Firehawk, will provide the county with highly effective firefighting and multi-mission capabilities. Both aircraft are currently in production for delivery by the end of this year.
Each Firehawk will feature wide chord rotor blades for enhanced lift, a digital glass cockpit to provide pilots with improved situational awareness, a cockpit voice and flight data recorder and a health management system to monitor the aircraft’s operational condition.
The aircraft will be equipped with a 3,785l water tank, extended landing gear, a single pilot cockpit layout and a medically equipped interior. With the addition of the new aircraft, the Los Angeles County fire department’s fleet of Firehawk helicopters will increase to five.
In addition to aerial firefighting, the Firehawk helicopters will perform command and control for other firefighting aircraft, emergency medical service transport, search and rescue and logistics support.
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