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Polish Military Receives First AW-149 Multi-Position Helicopters From Italy

The Polish Military has obtained its first AW-149 multi-role helicopters from Italian protection agency Leonardo.

The supply was a part of a 2022 contract for 8.25 billion Polish zloty ($2 billion) to supply as much as 32 AW-149s.

A particular handover ceremony was held Monday on the Nowy Glinnik army airbase in central Poland, with Protection Minister Mariusz Błaszczak in attendance.

The brand new rotary-wing plane will likely be operated by the twenty fifth Air Cavalry Brigade to help transport and fight missions.

“The one efficient response to the threats is strengthening the Polish Military,” Błaszczak remarked. “That’s the reason it offers me nice satisfaction to be right here to indicate two of the 32 AW-149 with which the twenty fifth Air Cavalry Brigade is now outfitted.”

Deliveries of the remaining 30 AW-149s beneath order are anticipated to be carried out till 2029.


Personalized for Polish Navy

Leonardo’s AW-149 is a new-generation multi-role chopper designed to fulfill essentially the most demanding wants of the armed forces.

It has a most cruise velocity of 278 kilometers (173 miles) per hour, a hovering altitude of greater than 6,000 ft (1,829 meters), and is able to carrying as much as 18 troops.

The platform can reportedly be reconfigured to carry out numerous demanding duties within the hardest operational situations.

The AW-149s ordered by Warsaw have been custom-made to fulfill the necessities of the Polish Military, integrating commentary techniques, small arms, and self-defense techniques, amongst others.

The Polish Ministry of Protection additionally introduced earlier this yr that the helicopters will likely be armed with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles for added lethality.

“For the time being, the helicopters are nonetheless armed solely with machine weapons and unguided missiles, however guided missiles and Hellfire anti-tank missiles may also be (amongst) the armaments of those helicopters,” Błaszczak defined.

Other than the choppers, the billion-dollar contract covers the availability of logistics, coaching, and simulator packages to assist the Polish Military function the plane.