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San Diego Fire-Rescue receives Black Hawk

20th July 2018 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Sikorsky has delivered an S-70 Black Hawk helicopter to the City of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, Lockheed Martin announced on 16 July.

The S-70 Black Hawk will be modified by a third party as a Firehawk helicopter in 2019, fitted with a 1,000-gallon belly tank, retractable snorkel, extended landing gear and rescue hoist. The multirole platform will be capable of delivering fire suppression, performing rescue missions as well as providing initial medical care across the city and neighbouring counties.

Prior to its modification into the Firehawk configuration, San Diego Fire-Rescue will deploy the new helicopter for firefighting missions in 2018 using an 850-gallon internal tank.

The S-70's engine allows it to carry over four US tonnes of water and will operate with safe power margins in hot temperatures at high altitudes. The aircraft's advanced digital cockpit allows the pilot to pre-programme and manage the mission while adjusting flight parameters, such as speed, precision hover, heading and altitude, as required. A digital moving map shows the pilot the aircraft's precise location and destination at all times.

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