25-Apr-2012 Source: PZL-Åšwidnik
PZL-Åšwidnik SA, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce it has performed an official presentation of AW149 military helicopter at its plant within the framework of the demonstration tour which has recently also seen the aircraft visiting and exhibiting in DÄ™blin and Warsaw. Representatives of local authorities, business and scientific communities of Lubelszczyzna, parliament members, and students were allowed to see the all new AW149 multi-purpose military helicopter.
The AW149 is the sole latest generation military helicopter in its category worldwide, designed with significant contribution ensured by the PZL-Åšwidnik Engineering Department. The AW149 is a 21st centuryâ€™s helicopter featuring outstanding performance and capabilities. It is designed for a number of applications under banner of maximum versatility such as peace missions, combat support operations, tactical transport of troops and materials, SAR and CSAR, MEDEVAC/CASEVAC, command and control.
The AW149 has a chance to open up a brand new chapter in the history of the Polish aviation industry and of the Åšwidnik plant. PZL-Åšwidnik has participated in the design works since their very beginning involving several engineers within the framework of the AW149 programme. A Polish-designed product, the AW149 can be manufactured, serviced and made evolve further for the future needs of the Polish Armed Forces in PZL-Åšwidnik, the only Polish aviation company to design, develop and produce advanced rotorcraft technologies and products
â€œThe AW149 is the best Polish solution to fully meet the modern battlefield requirements of Polish Armed Forcesâ€ said Nicola Bianco, Managing Director of PZL-Åšwidnik S.A. during the presentation. â€œLaunching its production in Åšwidnik would ensure unprecedented benefits and advantages for the future of the entire region. It will allow significant job opportunities expansion not only at PZL-Åšwidnik but also across many other partnering businesses and local economy.â€
PZL-Åšwidnik is the only Polish company with full capabilities to design, develop and produce helicopters of its own design. It also has its own Research and Development Centre. The Company, with more than 3500 employees, is the biggest aviation manufacturer in Poland and one of the biggest employers in Lubelszczyzna. PZL-Åšwidnik has been a part of AgustaWestland since 2010.