The Polish National Police has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin company PZL Mielec for two S-70i Black Hawk helicopters to increase its fleet to five by the end of 2024 and boost national security efforts.
The expanded Sikorsky Black Hawk fleet will fulfil important missions including counter-terrorism activities, search and rescue, and firefighting. The contract also includes a logistical support package that will cover spare parts, pilot and maintenance specialist training, and ground support equipment.
Janusz Zakrecki, PZL Mielec President and General Director, said: “The Black Hawk’s multi-role mission flexibility is key to meeting the needs of the Polish National Police. We bring a deep understanding of our customers’ missions to deliver the best solution for their needs. This contract is another important milestone, given that this valued customer is growing its fleet of Black Hawks, which demonstrates the police’s trust in our helicopters.”
Police Commander-in-Chief Gen. Insp. Jarosław Szymczyk, commented: “We were very keen on a multi-role helicopter due to the fact that in 2016, Polish police were entrusted with tasks in the field of counter-terrorist activities, which is why the purchase of Black Hawks was an absolute necessity. The Black Hawks we use are very reliable. I am convinced that the employees of PZL Mielec put their hearts into them, thanks to which they serve us so well.”
Known for its combat performance and multi-mission capability, the latest generation of Black Hawks feature digital avionics, powerful GE engines, high strength airframe structures and composite wide chord rotor blades that yield increased situational awareness, survivability and performance.