SHAH ALAM: Portuguese Air Force (PAF) on November 22 took delivery of two Black Hawk UH-60A helicopters configured for fire-fighting. The two are part of a six-helicopter deal ordered from US Black Hawk conversion specialist, Arista Aviation Services on August 12, 2022.’
The six-helicopter contract is worth US$47 million which is RM219.7 million. As the helicopters were purchased outright, PAF will be paying for the upkeep of the helicopter.
The six Black Hawks were purchased under the country’s Pandemic Recovery Plan which include two light helicopters and three more helicopters to be procured in a tender soon.
The Malaysian Army is leasing four Black Hawks for five years for RM187 million. What are this Portuguese Black Hawks got anything with us then? Nothing but it is likely our helicopters are the same vintage.
As PAF graciously put-up photographs of the new, second-hand helicopters, I thought it will be unfair not to share it. Especially with the high-resolution picture of the upgraded cockpit. We may not be able to see the cockpit of our leased Black Hawks.
Anyhow, let just say it is the calm before the storm.
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