Fort Campbell unit gets new Blackhawk helicopters.

(U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communications Specialist Greg Bingaman/Released)…

(U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communications Specialist Greg Bingaman/Released) VIRIN: 070509-N-6954B-054 Date 5 September 2007. Author U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communications Specialist Greg Bingaman/Released

The first shipment of a new line of helicopters used by Army Special Operations has been delivered to Fort Campbell.

The military said in a news release Tuesday that two of the MH-60M Blackhawks were flown into the installation on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line earlier this month. The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment based at Fort Campbell will be using the new helicopters.

The new Blackhawks are scheduled to be phased into use throughout the next four to five years and ultimately replace the unit’s existing fleets of MH-60K and MH-60L models.

According to the Army, the new Blackhawk has larger, stronger engines with improved rotor blades that allow the helicopter to operate at higher altitudes.

Source: The Associated Press via KY Post.

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