First two Black Hawk helicopters are already in Slovakia

Two UH-60M Black Hawk military utility helicopters touched down at Prešov Air Base, soon to be entered into service with the Slovak Air Force. Their transfer to Slovakia was delivered under the terms and conditions of the contract. The helicopters were shipped from the USA by sea to the port of Bremerhaven, Germany from where they were flown by combined SVK-US aircrews on Thursday (6 July 2017). As of today, 4 aircrews had been trained in the USA to fly the new rotary aircraft and the training of others is still underway. A total of 6 aircrews should be trained by the end of 2017.

The contract covers initial logistics support through deliveries of ground support equipment, spare parts and consumable material. The contract includes an initial supply package of spare parts for 9 helicopters for a period of two years, as well as tools, control and measuring devices, and mobile workstations for individual military occupational specialties (MOSs) required for the operation of the helicopters. The options for the helicopters to be equipped with operational armament are currently being analysed as part of the “Long-Term Defence Development Plan with Emphasis on Building and Development of SVK Armed Forces”. The new UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters will be based at the “Colonel General Ján Ambruš” Helicopter Wing in Prešov. As part of the deal, the SVK Ministry of Defence will purchase a total of 9 utility rotorcraft worth some US$261 million. The purchase is being made through the US Government's Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme.

Author: MO SR - KOd, Photo: MO SR - Ivan Kelement - Date: 26.06.2017
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