Monday, March 25, 2013

Colombia receives 5 Sikorsky S-70i helicopters

Colombia has received 5 new multi-purpose Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters from the United States.  It is the first country in South America to have bought the aircraft.

The S-70i were custom made for the Special Forces of the Colombian Army. The aircraft were build at PZL Mielec, a subsidiary of Sikorsky in Poland. They join 96 UH-60L aircraft already in service in Colombia.

The Sikorsky S-70i is a medium transport and utility helicopter with the following specifications:
  • a crew of 2
  • a length of 19.76 m
  • a rotor diameter of 16.36 m
  • a height of 5.33 m
  • a payload of 4000 kg
  • a empty weight of 5350 kg
  • a maximum takeoff weight of 10000 kg
  • a maximum speed of 361 km/hr
  • a range of 463 km with 20 minutes reserve
  • a ceiling of 4000 m
The S-70i is powered by 2 General Electric T700-GE-701C turboshafts with, 1409 kW (1890 shp) each.

The Black Hawk helicopters can perform a wide variety of missions including:
  • troop transport and air assault
  • search and rescue (SAR)
  • medical evacuation (MEDEVAC)
  • cargo lift
  • VIP transport
Over 3000 Black Hawk helicopters of various types are in service in over 30 countries around the world.

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