Sikorsky delivers first S-70 Black Hawk helicopters to Romania

An S-70 Black Hawk helicopter hovering.
Photo Credit: Sikorsky

PZL Mielec, a Lockheed Martin company, has delivered the first four new-generation, European manufactured S-70M Black Hawk utility helicopters to Romania’s Ministry of Internal Affairs.

In addition to the four deliveries, two more aircraft are on schedule to arrive by the end of 2023.


In a significant leap forward for Romania’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, PZL Mielec, delivered the first batch of four state-of-the-art S-70M Black Hawk utility helicopters.

Procured under the umbrella of the European Union’s VISION 2020 project, Romania’s new Sikorsky Black Hawks are destined for a diverse range of missions.

From maritime and land search-and-rescue operations to firefighting, transport, and medical emergency support, these helicopters are poised to redefine the nation’s approach to critical situations.

As a strategic move, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, recognizing the need for advanced aerial solutions, has strategically invested in these cutting-edge helicopters.

The infusion of the Sikorsky Black Hawk fleet is a testament to Romania’s commitment to enhancing its emergency response and law enforcement capabilities.


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Romanian Police Operations

Adding another layer to Romania’s aviation prowess, an additional Black Hawk, secured through the European HeliPol project, is scheduled for delivery before the year concludes.

This specific helicopter is earmarked for the Romanian Police, promising a significant enhancement in operational capacity.

Paul Lemmo, president of Sikorsky, remarked, “The arrival of the first Black Hawk helicopters in Romania is a historic event. The Black Hawk is the most capable and dependable helicopter for crews who conduct vital lifesaving and firefighting missions.”

These helicopters bring unparalleled flexibility, enabling rescue missions at greater ranges and in the most challenging environments, with increased survivability.

The delivery of these helicopters is not an isolated event but part of a broader framework agreement. Over the next four years, Romania is set to receive up to 12 Polish-built S-70M aircraft, solidifying its position as a key player in European aerial capabilities.

This long-term commitment underscores the nation’s strategic vision for a robust and versatile helicopter fleet.

Global Black Hawk Operations

With this acquisition, Romania proudly joins the international fleet of Black Hawk operators, becoming the 11th country and the 18th customer for Black Hawk helicopters built by PZL Mielec, Poland’s premier exporter of aerospace equipment.

This membership in the global Black Hawk family opens up avenues for collaboration, knowledge exchange, and shared advancements in helicopter technology.

DELTAMED’s Contribution

It’s not just about the helicopter; it’s about the holistic approach to mission success. Both the land and maritime variant helicopters destined for Romania boast cabins equipped with a cutting-edge medical suite.

This suite is meticulously designed and provided by DELTAMED, a Cluj-Napoca-based integrator specializing in emergency vehicles outfitted for patient care and rescue.

The S-70 Black Hawk boasts some significant tech features. Featuring digital avionics, powerful GE engines, high-strength airframe structures, and composite wide chord rotor blades, this multi-role helicopter offers increased situational awareness, survivability, and performance.

These features not only make it a formidable force in the skies but also position it as a reliable partner in critical missions.

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