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Romania confirms 12-unit Black Hawk order from Poland

Polish-built Black Hawk helicopters
Sikorsky file photo

The Romanian internal affairs ministry has signed a four-year contract with Poland’s PZL Mielec for the purchase of up to 12 S-70 Black Hawk helicopters.

PZL Mielec is building the Black Hawks under a Sikorsky license and will equip the helicopters for both land and maritime operations. Romania’s Romaero and Deltamed will be involved in the delivery of the helicopters.

Deltamed will be responsible for supplying medical suites, while Romaero is to establish a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) center, which will support Romanian as well as other Black Hawk operators in the region.

“The selection of new Polish-built Black Hawks will establish a strong industrial link between our manufacturing facility in south-east Poland and Romania,” Janusz Zakrecki, president and general director of PZL Mielec, commented.

By placing the order, Romania became the 11th country and 18th customer for European-built S-70 Black Hawk.

PZL Mielec most recently completed the delivery of 16 Black Hawks to the Philippines. The company delivered them in three batches, with the final shipment taking place earlier this month.