4-Sep-2012 Source: AgustaWestland
PZL-Åšwidnik SA, an AgustaWestland company, is exhibiting the AW149 military twin engine helicopter at MSPO 2012 (Kielce, Poland â€“ 3/6 September) with the aircraft making its first public appearance during this exhibition, following the demonstration tour performed in Poland in April this year.
The AW149 is the only new generation multirole military helicopter in its weight class and is the result of extensive involvement by PZL-Åšwidnik design engineers. The AW149 is the best Polish solution to meet the future fleet modernization and operational requirements of the Polish Armed Forces to face the challenges of the 21st Century.
Nicola Bianco, Managing Director, PZL- Åšwidnik SA, said â€œDisplaying the most advanced military multi-role helicopter available to the market at MSPO is extremely exciting for us. High ranking delegates from PolandÂ and overseas at the exhibition are seizing the opportunity to see AgustaWestland and PZL- Åšwidnikâ€™s most recent military rotorcraft achievement. The combination of outstanding mission capabilities, state-of-the-art technology and the extensive involvement of Polish industry, offers Poland a unique opportunity.â€
With one tie-down helicopter operating and four prototypes flying, the AW149 programme development is on schedule to achieve military qualification by mid-2013. Memorandums of Understanding with several leading Polish companies and research centres have been signed to support the potential â€œPolishâ€ configuration of the AW149 and the associated industrial programme.
With a fully digital avionics system with open architecture and fully integrated mission equipment, a modern NVG compatible glass cockpit and a 4-axis auto-pilot, the AW149 has been specifically designed for modern battlefield operations. The AW149 will be capable of being fitted with a wide range of role equipment and mission avionics as required by the customer. The AW149 is capable of seating up to 18 troops in its 11.6 m3 (409 ft3) cabin. The AW149 is optimized for maximum flexibility of operation and capable to perform a wide range of mission also including combat support operations, tactical transport of troops and materials, SAR/CSAR, MEDEVAC/CASEVAC, command and control, support to peace missions and public utility tasks.