5-Apr-2013 Source: AgustaWestland
PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company, hosted a visit from a delegation of the Ministry of Economy today including, among others, the Undersecretary of State, Ms. Grażyna Henclewska. The aim of the visit was to provide the guests with a comprehensive overview of the company, which has been a part of AgustaWestland, one of the key global aviation industry leaders, since 2010.
The visit began with a meeting with the Management Board representatives, during which the company’s wide and state-of-the-art product range, its organization structure, as well as capabilities in the customer & product support and training area were presented. Particular attention was paid to R&D activities conducted by PZL-Świdnik, and the challenges the company is facing. The company’s representatives underlined that PZL-Świdnik, as a third pillar of AgustaWestland’s European operations, has access to the latest technology and is able to develop innovative products. The results of close collaboration between the companies are the SW-4 Solo RUAS/OPH rotorcraft unmanned aerial system and the latest generation multi-purpose military helicopter AW149, which is PZL-Swidnik’s offer in the tender for 70 helicopters for the Polish Armed Forces.
During the presentation, PZL-Świdnik’s activities within the Polish and European R&D programmes were discussed. Particular attention was paid to the AERONET network and the INNOLOT programme, in which PZL-Świdnik play leading roles. The international R&D activities conducted by the Company were also touched upon, focusing on PZL-Świdnik being the only associated Polish partner within the Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative, the largest research programme co-financed by the European Union and the industry.
Thanks to the cooperation with Polish and European universities, research centers and aviation industry companies, we strengthen the Polish aviation sector’s innovativeness and contribute to its strong position. It is our responsibility as one of the key players in the Polish aviation sector, said Nicola Bianco, Managing Director, PZL-Świdnik S.A.
The Ministry of Economy’s delegation then visited the final assembly line of helicopters produced by PZL-Świdnik, the modernized composites facility and the flight line.
With over 60 years of experience and having produced over 7400 helicopters, PZL-Świdnik is the only Polish OEM with the capabilities to undertake helicopter design, research & development, system integration, manufacturing, support, training and upgrades. PZL-Świdnik has been an AgustaWestland company since 2010.