The government has announced that it will transfer two Sikorsky S-70A-9 Black Hawk helicopters to the NSW State Government for future use in fire-fighting and disaster relief operations across the state.
The two helicopters will be converted to the fire-fighting role locally and added to the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) aerial squadron, which has previously operated civilian Black Hawks from companies in the United States during the Australian bushfire season. Colloquially known as Firehawks after conversion, ex-military UH-60A Black Hawks are extensively used in North America in the fire-fighting role and Sikorsky also offers new-build S-70i or UH-60M helicopters for conversion by third parties.
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