Monday, June 21, 2021

Another Completed Delivery of War Birds in 10,000 Kilometre Freight Transport

Black Hawks Up - Then Safely Down
Shipping News Feature

POLAND – PHILIPPINES – Ukrainian heavy lift and project air cargo specialist Antonov Airlines has just safely transported its second batch of S-70i Black Hawk from Rzeszów, Poland, to Angeles, the Philippines.

Whilst not particularly heavy compared to much of what the freight carrier has to deal with at a mere 5,600 kgs each, the helicopters are 17.52 metres long with width and heights at 3.2 and 3.9 metres respectively, and can so easily be damaged when manoeuvring into the vast cargo bay of the AN-124-100 aircraft.

Detailed loading and unloading plans were developed by Antonov Airlines’ in-house engineers to ensure the safe stowage and transport of the military cargo within the AN-124-100’s cargo cabin specifications and the loading procedure was completed using the AN-124-100's winches. Amnon Ehrlich, Director North America - Aerospace, Government, and Defence Programs commented:

“Although the total payload in terms of weight was quite light for our aircraft, loading five helicopters safely and transporting them without damage takes considerable collaboration. We have been working closely with Sikorsky as well as their logistics supplier Helicopter International Shipping Services (HISS) for several months to ensure that all current and future program requirements are met.”

Antonov Airlines operates seven of the AN-124-100 including two AN-124-100M-150 with up to 150 tonnes payload, the largest turboprop-powered aircraft AN-22 (60-tonne payload), as well as the 250-tonne payload AN-225 'Mriya', the largest cargo aircraft in the world. The first transport under the agreement was completed in November 2020 and was also for five S-70i Black Hawk helicopters, which were delivered to Clark Air Base, north of the Philippine capital, Manila.

Photo: It took five hours to safely complete the loading of the helicopters using a winch for entry via the AN-124-100 nose ramp.