Colombia intends to use the aircraft to battle narcotics trafficking and for national defense. BLACK HAWK helicopter derivatives today are serving 26 governments around the world in a diverse range of missions, from combat assault and peacekeeping to disaster relief and medical evacuation. Sikorsky also plans to introduce a BLACK HAWK model specifically for the international market, with production taking place in Mielec, Poland, and deliveries from there starting in 2010-2011.
"The Colombia government already flies BLACK HAWK helicopters and knows their full capabilities and durability. We appreciate the continued trust and confidence the government has shown in both the aircraft and Sikorsky, and we look forward to many more years of working together," said Ricardo Perez, Sikorsky Regional Sales Executive for Latin America.
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