Philippines selects Black Hawk for combat-utility requirement

10 December 2018

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has selected the Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk for its combat-utility helicopter (CUH) programme, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed on 7 December.

Lorenzana said the proposed procurement, valued at USD240 million, was for 16 units and that the Department of National Defense (DND) hoped to finalise the deal early in 2019. The Black Hawks will be operated by the service's 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing, which is engaged in tactical, logistics, and combat missions.

The PAF's technical working group "has come up with a recommendation that the Black Hawk is the best option that [the PAF] could buy, so we will pursue that," Lorenzana said.

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