317b Section 2010-03-15
Sikorsky-Mielec Black Hawk S-70i
In 2009, the construction of S-70 helicopter fuselages began in Mielec, and from 2010, complete S-70i helicopters for various countries. In PZL Mielec, the first cabin was built on March 12, 2009. The first complete helicopter S-70i in PZL Mielec was built on March 15, 2010, and its first flight was made at the Sikorsky Aircraft research center in West Palm Beach, Florida on July 1, 2010. The S-70i and UH-60 helicopters have the same airframe, therefore the UH-60 helicopter element is manufactured in PZL Mielec. Initially, the S-70i helicopters went to the US for retrofitting. Then, the completion of helicopters was carried out at PZL Mielec and from Mielec, they were delivered to customers.
PZL Mielec delivered the first three S-70i Black Hawk helicopters to the customer in August 2011. Helicopters from Mielec were delivered to Brunei and Colombia.
Black Hawk for the Special Forces of the Polish Army
On January 25, 2019, on Friday, a contract was signed for the supply of four Black Hawk helicopters for Special Forces. According to the assurances of the head of the Defense Ministry, Mariusz Błaszczak, it is the first party. Helicopters were produced in PZL Mielec. Helicopters will be delivered by 2020.
Black Hawk for the Polish Police
On May 30, 2018, a contract was signed for the purchase of two Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters for the Polish Police. In the presence of the Minister of Interior and Administration Joachim Brudziński, the contract for the purchase of machinery was signed by Chief Commander of the Police, Superintendent Jarosław Szymczyk. In fact, the contract was concluded on May 5, 2018.
On November 30, 2018, Friday, the plants in Mielec gave the police two helicopters Black Hawk. The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and minister Joachim Brudzinski. The ceremony took place at the Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, where their base is located. At the beginning, the staff consisted of 8 mechanics and 6 pilots.
In mid-November 2018, a contract was signed for the supply of a third Black Hawk helicopter for the Police. It was delivered in March 2019.
All three Black Hawk helicopters were demonstrated on the fly during the parade in Warsaw on May 3, 2019.
Written by Karol Placha Hetman