Antonov Airlines has transported five S-70i Black Hawk helicopters on a single AN-124-100 flight from Rzeszów, Poland to Angeles in the Philippines.

Measuring 11.52 m x 3.2 m x 3.9 m and weighing 5.6 tonnes each, the helicopters were loaded using the AN-124’s winches. Antonov Airlines’ in-house engineers developed detailed loading and unloading plans.

“Although the total payload in terms of weight was quite light for our aircraft, loading five helicopters safely and transporting them without damage takes considerable collaboration,” said Amnon Ehrlich, director North America – aerospace, government, and defence programmes.

“We have been working closely with Sikorsky as well as their logistics supplier Helicopter International Shipping Services (HISS) for several months to ensure that all current and future programme requirements are met.”

This is the second delivery of Polish-built S-70i Black Hawk helicopters to the Philippines; the first shipment took place during November 2020 and was subsequently delivered to the Clark Air Base, north of Manila.