PZL Mielec delivers 300th Black Hawk helicopter cabin
Polish aerospace manufacturer PZL Mielec has delivered the 300th Black Hawk helicopter cabin to be fitted aboard Sikorsky built-UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for the US Army, or the S-70i Black Hawk aircraft.
Weighing more than 1,000kg, the cabin is the helicopters' largest constituent, and is made up of nearly 3,000 separate components.
Each cabin supports the aircraft's fuel tanks, engines, main rotor gearbox and transmission.
PZL Mielec general director and president Janusz Zakrecki said: "The successful assembly and delivery of 300 Black Hawk helicopter cabins made in Poland since 2009 underlines the skills and capabilities of the 1,550 employees at PZL Mielec.
"I thank our workforce and supplier base for helping to generate as much as 60% of PZL's revenue in 2015, and for confirming in the minds of our military customers around the world that Polish workmanship is world-class."
With a capacity to build 24 Black Hawk helicopters each year, PZL Mielec is the largest Lockheed Martin production plant outside the US.
An upgraded version of the UH-60 Black Hawk, the UH-60M can be used for tactical transport, utility, combat search and rescue, airborne assault, medical evacuation, as well as aerial sustainment, disaster relief and fire-fighting missions.
Powered by two General Electric T700-GE-701D engines, the helicopter features enhanced rotor blades, as well as advanced flight control and aircraft navigation control systems.
The upgraded aircraft offers improved situational awareness and greater survivability than its predecessor.
The helicopters are also used by the US Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection and the Royal Jordanian Air Force.
Image: The cabin, weighing just over 1,000kg, is made from nearly 3,000 separate components. Photo: Courtesy of PZL MIELEC.