Two more Black Hawk helicopters arrived in Slovakia

Three more machines are said to land in Slovakia by the end of 2019.

Two new Black Hawk helicopters land at the Sliač airport, central Slovakia.Two new Black Hawk helicopters land at the Sliač airport, central Slovakia. (Source: Defence Ministry)

Slovakia can now use six UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, after two machines landed at Sliač airport, Banská Bystrica Region) on August 26. The Defence Ministry made the announcement on its website.

“This is further progress in the modernisation of our air force technology,” Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš said.

Slovakia purchased nine Black Hawk helicopters via the US Foreign Military Sales programme, which facilitates the sale of US military equipment to foreign governments. They are produced by the Sikorsky Aircraft Crop.

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Three more Black Hawks to land

“The new Black Hawks will serve the needs of the Armed Forces, but they can be used in other countries,” the minister added.

New helicopters, with a price tag of $261 million, are to replace the Russian Mi-17 helicopters.

“It is not just a commitment to our allies but, above all, a commitment to our citizens,” claimed head of the service office at the Defence Ministry, Ján Hoľko.

Out of the nine Black Hawks, six have landed in Slovakia. The remaining three are expected to arrive by the end of 2019.

The first two US-made helicopters landed in Slovakia back in June 2017 at Prešov airport, eastern Slovakia. Apart from the helicopters, 20 pilots have been taught and instructed in the USA.

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