Leonardo ~ PZL-Świdnik Polish contract AW149

Leonardo ~ PZL-Świdnik has won an PLN 8.25 billion contract to supply 32 AW149 multirole helicopters to the Polish Armed Forces.

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Press release, 01 July 2022: PZL-Świdnik, the Polish company wholly owned by Leonardo, has won a contract from the Polish Ministry of Defense (MoD) worth PLN 8.25 billion gross (about 1.76 billion euros) for the supply of 32 AW149 multirole helicopters. The contract was announced today at an official ceremony held today at the premises of PZL-Świdnik, in the presence of representatives of the Polish government.

Additionally, the contract includes logistics, training and simulator packages. The logistics package includes a stock of spare parts and consumables, as well as equipment for the ground handling of helicopters. The training and simulator package includes comprehensive training of pilots and technical personnel and the delivery of a set of advanced simulators and training equipment. The new helicopters will carry out troop transport and air support missions. Equipping the helicopters will also allow them to be used for casualty evacuation, search and rescue in combat operations, and for transporting cargo and supplies. The configuration of the helicopters, fully meeting the requirements of the Polish Armed Forces, will also include, among others, observation systems, small arms, rockets and guided/unguided missiles and self-defense systems. The armament, depending on the variant and the configuration of the helicopter, can be installed in the cabin or on the external hardpoints of the helicopter. Helicopter deliveries will take place over the 2023-2029 period.

AW149 at MSPO 2021 [© Bob Morrison]

Acting as prime contractor, PZL-Świdnik will host a local production line for these new helicopters. Leonardo will therefore undertake new investments in its Polish factory in addition to the approximately 1 billion euros already invested since 2010, which has considerably strengthened the competitiveness and industrial capacities of PZL-Świdnik. This makes an important contribution to the Polish aerospace and defense industry, which will enable domestic production, establishment of a logistics base and in-depth technical support for the Polish Ministry of Defense’s AW149s, in accordance with the commitment of Leonardo and PZL-Świdnik to bring industrial benefits to Poland. .

The AW149, already in service with international operators for a range of applications and under evaluation in many countries, is ideally suited to modernize defense helicopter fleets and replace a range of aging types in the middleweight category. The AW149 is a latest generation multirole military helicopter designed from the outset to meet the most demanding needs of the armed forces. The platform can be reconfigured to perform a wide variety of demanding tasks under the toughest operational conditions. The AW149’s advanced equipment, weapons and system technologies, combined with its high agility, range/endurance and power margins, the highest levels of safety and survivability, provide users with the defense high operational readiness, mission effectiveness and fleet profitability.

Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo, said: “The contract signed today is a continuation of the fulfillment of our promises to Poland regarding Leonardo’s commitment to the development of local helicopter factories and the Polish supply chain for the benefit of Polish industry. By strengthening our position in the Polish strategic market, as a supplier of modern defense technology, we are proud to contribute to the constant increase of the security of the Polish nation and to strengthen the industrial capabilities which are fundamental for the resilience and the sovereignty of the country. .”

Gian Piero Cutillo, CEO of Leonardo Helicopters, said: “The state-of-the-art AW149 helicopter represents a leap forward in true multirole mission and growth capability, efficient fleet management and responsiveness. emergency for the modern armed forces. Localizing the industrial and logistical capabilities of these new helicopters to meet Poland’s needs, leveraging PZL-Świdnik’s unique and long-established capabilities and professional skills combined with the outstanding operational capabilities of the AW149 will provide benefits unmatched in the country.

Jacek Libucha, President of PZL-Świdnik, said: “With comprehensive capabilities in the design, development, customization and maintenance of helicopters, PZL-Świdnik confirms its leadership and the continuation of its 70-year heritage. by setting key milestones for our aviation industry. I know the helicopters of PZL-Świdnik well and their great capabilities as a former military officer with experience in the country and abroad. Being today on the side industrialist from this experience, serving the current and future generation of military as an industrialist, I have an even greater sense of accomplishment in my duties.I am confident that the AW149 will meet the high end needs of the Armed Forces.

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