November 2, 2023 By Helicopters Staff
The Polish Land Forces has taken delivery of their first two AW149 helicopters during a ceremony held at the 25th Air Cavalry Brigade in Tomaszów Mazowiecki on October 30, where they are entering service 15 months after the contract signing.
The new Polish military helicopters’ configuration allows combat support missions among others. The configuration will also include, among other capabilities, observation systems, small arms, guided/unguided rockets and missiles and self-defence systems. The armament, depending on the helicopter variant and configuration, is installed in the cabin or on the helicopter’s external hard points.
The delivery follows the contract announced on July 1, 2022, including logistics, training, and simulator packages. The logistics package includes a stock of spares and consumable parts, as well as equipment for the ground handling of the helicopters. The training and simulator package includes the delivery of a set of advanced simulators and training equipment.
The Polish MoD’s program is based on localized production through PZL-Świdnik, which is the prime contractor also covering the integration of the helicopter’s systems and dedicated armament. Thanks to local production, Poland also gains a domestic logistics base and technical facilities located close to the Polish Land Forces.
Leonardo explains this delivery marks the quick reaction of PZL-Świdnik as contractor and local industrial partner of Polish Armed Forces for many decades. PZL-Świdnik, the Polish company fully owned by Leonardo, will also deliver support services for these helicopters and modernize them in accordance with the future needs of the operator.