Lockheed Martin announced that its subsidiary Sikorsky has concluded contract negotiations with the Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile) for six S-70i Black Hawk helicopters for the service's medium-lift helicopter recapitalization program.

When delivered in 2018, the new helicopters will fulfill Chile's requirement to perform both military and humanitarian missions, such as troop transport, search and rescue, and disaster relief.

The program includes the acquisition of a logistical support package that will cover spare parts, pilots and maintenance specialists training, on-site technical assistance and ground support equipment.

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The Fuerza Aérea de Chile announced its decision in August to procure the six S-70i helicopters from Sikorsky as a direct commercial sale. The service has operated one S-70A Black Hawk aircraft since 1998.

The US company said that the six new aircraft will bring the total number of Black Hawk helicopters operated by Chile and four other Latin American countries to more than 140.