Polish Police order two more S70i Black Hawks

Polish Police order two more S70i Black Hawks

12-Dec-2022 Source: HeliHub.com

The contract has been reported as worth 350 million Polish Zloty, US $78.6 Million at today’s prices.  Delivery is expected in September 2023 and the fourth quarter of 2024.

While the aircraft will be operated by the Police, their primary role will be for firefighting under a contract with the State Fire Service, and available for law enforcement at other times.  Funds have been advanced by Poland’s National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.

Currently, the Police Aviation fleet consists of 12 aircraft:- 2 Mi-8, 2 W-3 “Sokół”, 2 Bell 206B JetRanger, 3 Bell 407GXi and 3 S-70i Black Hawk (acquried late 2018 to early 2019). Of these, two Bell 407GXi, three Black Hawks and the Mi-8s, are stationed at the Police Aviation Authority in Warsaw, while the remainder are at field bases located throughout the country in Szczecin, Kraków, Wrocław, Łódź and Poznań.

Two signing ceremonies were held in the police aviation hangar on 9th December.  The first was a operational and funding agreement between (from left)

  • Brigadier General Andrzej Bartkowiak – Commander-in-Chief of the State Fire Service
  • Przemysław Ligenza, President of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management
  • Gen. Insp. Jarosław Szymczyk, Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Police

The second ceremony was the aircraft purchase, between (from left)

  • Janusz Zakręcki, President and General Director of PZL Mielec (subsdiary of Sikorsky)
  • Gen. Insp. Jarosław Szymczyk, Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Police

 

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