The first S-70i Black Hawk helicopter built at PZL Mielec,
Sikorsky's subsidiary in Poland, has entered the flight test
program at the company's Development Flight Center (DFC) in
Florida. The S-70i helicopter is an international variant of the
Black Hawk helicopter.
Sikorsky S-70i File Photo
The aircraft arrived at the DFC on May 4. This new international
variant utilizes a global supply chain and is the first Black Hawk
helicopter assembled in Europe. It launches a new helicopter in the
Sikorsky product line. Production flight tests are planned at PZL
Mielec later this year.
"In July, we will mark the debut flight of the S-70i Black Hawk
helicopter at our Development Flight Center in Florida. Production
of the second S-70i aircraft is underway at PZL Mielec," said Debra
A. Zampano, S-70i Program Manager, International Military Programs.
"The program is progressing well and hitting all key
Plans call for at least 20 S-70i Black Hawk helicopters to be
produced per year, beginning in 2012, and for PZL Mielec to be the
hub of the program for international customers.