PAF to purchase Blackhawk choppers

SAN JOSE DEL MONTE CITY — Philippine Air Force (PAF) seeks to purchase Blackhawk Helicopters from Poland to further improve its capability in territorial defense and rescue operations.

In an interview during the awarding of housing units to Wounded-In-Action soldiersand Wounded-In-Police-Operations at Pleasant View Residences in barangay Graceville, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the procurement is part of the Second Horizon of the New Armed Forces of the Philippine Modernization Program along with various military aircraft and vessels.

The planned acquisition of the Blackhawk Helicopters from Poland will replace the cancelled contract of 16 Bell 412 EP Helicopters from Canada.

Lorenzana added that PAF has experience in operating Polish-made helicopters since the delivery of the eight Sokol PZL W-3 Helicopters in 2012.

Meanwhile, the official disclosed that two Cobra Attack Helicopters given by Jordan will be delivered in the next six months.

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