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United Rotorcraft, a division of Air Methods Corporation, is excited to grow its partnership with PZL Mielec, a Lockheed Martin company, which manufactures the S-70 Black Hawk helicopter. When equipped by United Rotorcraft with a water tank system, custom cabin interior, and cockpit controls, the resulting Firehawk aircraft has become a symbol of aerial firefighting excellence in the United States.
“United Rotorcraft has the highest confidence in the workforce at PZL Mielec to produce and deliver the high-performance S-70 helicopter,” said United Rotorcraft President Larry Alexandre. “As the only Firehawk completion center approved by Sikorsky, United Rotorcraft can confirm that fire fighters in California are delighted with the craftsmanship of their S-70 aircraft and the ability to safely and efficiently attack wildfires.”
On Aug. 26, United Rotorcraft announced a contract award to Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, for five S-70 Black Hawk aircraft. PZL Mielec will deliver all five aircraft to United Rotorcraft from early 2022 to mid-2023. United Rotorcraft anticipates all five will become Firehawk aircraft. To date, the company has a confirmed order to modify one of the five aircraft for aerial firefighting — to the State of Colorado.
Alexandre said there is significant interest by government agencies in the Western United States and internationally for the Firehawk capability. “In anticipation of future orders and knowing there is an urgent need to deliver this capability quickly, United Rotorcraft is taking the unusual step of contracting with Sikorsky for five S-70 aircraft when only one aircraft has been ordered,” he said.