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PZL-Swidnik Signs Contracts For Five Helicopters And 14 Upgrades

Total Contract Value Placed At Around $115 Million

The Polish Ministry of National Defence has signed an agreement with PZL-Swidnik for the supply of five W-3WA Sokól helicopters and the upgrade of 14 helicopters. The manufacture and upgrading activities will be undertaken at the PZL-Swidnik factory in Poland, and the total value of the contract is placed at about $115 million (US).

VIP Transport

The five new W-3WA Sokól helicopters will be configured for VIP transport and used by the Polish Air Force to provide transport services for senior military and government personnel. Featuring outstanding operational capability, the W-3A has proven to be a very effective, rugged and reliable helicopter in all conditions.  Deliveries of the five aircraft will be completed by the end of 2013.
 
Separate contracts for the upgrading of 14 helicopters have also been signed comprising the upgrade of four W-3 Sokól helicopters to W-3PL Gluszec armed configuration, the overhaul and upgrade of eight Mi-2 helicopters and the upgrade of two W-3VIP helicopters with a FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) system. Deliveries of the upgraded W-3PL Gluszec helicopters will be completed in the second half of 2014 and represents the second batch in a plan to upgrade a total of 32 helicopters in the next five to six years, forming the back bone of Poland’s combat support capability.
 
“We are delighted to have secured these contracts with the Ministry of National Defence for the production of new helicopters and the cost effective upgrade of existing helicopters in the Polish MoD’s inventory," said Mieczyslaw Majewski, President of the Management Board, PZL-Swidnik. "These contracts recognise that in Swidnik we have the capability to develop, manufacture and upgrade helicopters, providing outstanding support to our customers.”

W-3PL Gluszec

“We are proud that the W-3WA Sokól has been selected for the important and high profile VIP transport requirement. This selection and recent export successes confirms the W-3 Sokól as a highly attractive product in the market," added Nicola Bianco, Managing Director, PZL-Swidnik. "The W-3PL Gluszec program also highlights PZL-Swidnik’s ability to undertake complex major upgrade programs. The next challenge for PZL- Swidnik is to provide the most attractive solution for the Polish Ministry of Defence’s tender for 26 helicopters: we have the product, the overall capability, experience and the organization to properly serve the Armed Forces.”
 
PZL-Swidnik is Poland’s only helicopter manufacturer with the full capability to design, develop, manufacture and support its products in country. PZL-Swidnik with 3,500 employees is also the biggest aerospace manufacturer in Poland and one of the biggest employers in South East Poland. As well as producing helicopters, PZL-Swidnik is also a leading manufacturer of aircraft structures for many aerospace companies around the world.

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