Sikorsky launches promotional tour of Latin America for Black Hawk aerial firefighting solution

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, launched Wednesday a two-month promotional tour of Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, and Peru to raise awareness of the Black Hawk’s aerial firefighting capabilities.

Many of the Black Hawk helicopters delivered to the region’s militaries and government agencies over the last three decades can be equipped to carry water and foam to fight wildland fires, the company said.

“Latin America is increasingly susceptible to wildfires that threaten lives and property, and the firefighting season also is shown to be lengthening,” Adam Schierholz, Sikorsky Vice President & Regional Sales Executive for Latin America, said. “We are bringing the lessons learned from California, where our FIREHAWK Aerial Firefighting Mission Package added to a Black Hawk helicopter has proved to be highly effective attacking wildland fires with large volumes of water, especially when the effort is coordinated closely with firefighters attacking the same fire from the ground.”

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