Another 2 UH-60M Black Hawks come into service with the SVK Armed Forces

A short while ago another two UH-60M Black Hawk military utility helicopters touched down at the Helicopter Wing Prešov. This brings to the total number of the helicopters in service with the Slovak Air Force to 4. The additional 5 UH-60M Black Hawks will be delivered in line with the terms and conditions of the contract next year.

SVK Minister of Defence Peter Gajdoš said: “These two helicopters are already equipped with a fast rope insertion extraction system, an internal auxiliary fuel tank, and a rescue hoist system.” He further added that the first two helicopters will be additionally fitted with the same equipment. As a result, the helicopter fleet will be capable of performing domestic crisis management tasks, in other words, SAR and disaster response operations.
 
“Modernization of equipment must always go hand in hand with training of personnel. That is why I am pleased to say that our trained pilots flew the new helicopters from a German port to their home base,” added Minister Gajdoš. A total of 6 aircrews have already been trained for operating the new air assets, and another three aircrews are undergoing training. The SVK Air Force intends to deploy new Slovak UH-60M Black Hawks on Exercise Atlas Common Challenger 2.0, which is due in October 2018.
  
The SVK MOD has procured a total of 9 UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters worth US$261 million via the US Governmentʼs Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme.

Author: MO SR - KOd, Photo: OS SR - VzS - Date: 12.07.2018
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