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  • HKP 16 Black Hawk handed over by Claes Axstål
    HKP 16 Black Hawk handed over by Claes Axstål
    HKP 16 Black Hawk handed over by Claes Axstål
    HKP 16 Black Hawk handed over by Claes Axstål
    HKP 16 Black Hawk handed over by Claes Axstål
Following a record-breaking acquisition process of the Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter, the aircraft was officially handed over to the Armed Forces Helicopter Wing by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) earlier today.
The medium-heavy Black Hawk helicopter system was handed over to the Swedish Supreme Commander (ÖB) Sverker Göransson by FMV's Director General Gunnar Holmgren in a ceremony at the Malmen Helicopter Base in Linköping on January 17.
© C. Axstål© C. AxstålDelayed deliveries of other helicopter systems and the ongoing Swedish intervention in Afghanistan has caused a shortfall of helicopters to meet the increased demand for medical evacuations. As a result of these circumstances the Swedish Government decided that Sweden was going to incorporate a new medium-weight helicopter system in addition to the 18 NH90s (HKP 14) that were already ordered and partially delivered. The decision to buy 15 brand new Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawks via the U.S. Government's Foreign Military Sales program was announced on April 9 2011 by Sweden's Secretary of Defense, Sten Tolgfors. The first two helicopters (161325 and 161326) arrived to Malmen Helicopter Base in Linköping in a US Air Force C17 on December 15 2011.

The planned build schedule will enable the Swedish Armed Forces to deploy three HKP 16 aircraft to Afghanistan in April 2013. The Swedish Armed Forces will use the aircraft for medical evacuation, utility, and search and rescue missions. The training of pilots, crews and technicians has already been initiated and the national flying will now be commenced.

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