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Chile receives first S-70i helos, prioritises PC-7 upgrade

24 July 2018

Chile has received the first delivery of Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk medium-lift helicopters that were ordered in 2016.

The first three helicopters were delivered to the Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile: FACh) in late July, having been transported by cargo aircraft from the PZL Mielek production facility in Poland.

The three remaining aircraft will be delivered in October, with a follow-on order for six more expected by the end of the year or early 2019. The S-70is will be deployed in a combat search-and-rescue role with secondary liaison, community support, and disaster relief duties. Their induction in service will free up Chile’s fleet of Bell 412EP/SP helicopters to undertake more general transport roles, replacing the remaining UH-1Hs.

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