Prompted by a brutal 2016 wildfire season, Los Angeles County has purchased two Sikorsky S-70i helicopters for conversion to Firehawk firefighting and multimission aircraft. After modification with belly tank, extended landing gear, medical interior and other mission equipment, the helicopters will be delivered to the Los Angeles Fire Department in 2018 to join three S-70A-based Firehawks in service since 2000 and 2005. Separately, selection of the S-70i by California’s Forestry and ...

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