3-Sep-2013 Source: PZL Swidnik
PZL-Świdnik SA, an AgustaWestland company, is showcasing the SW-4 Solo Rotorcraft Unmanned Air System/Optionally Piloted Helicopter (RUAS/OPH) at MSPO 2013 in Kielce, Poland, demonstrating the Company’s potential in the European aviation sector, where the remotely piloted and unmanned aircraft are becoming synonymous with state-of-the-art technology.Nicola Bianco, Managing Director, PZL-Świdnik SA said, “We are pleased to present the Solo again in Kielce following its debut at MSPO last year. The Solo is the culmination of the technological expertise and know-how PZL-Świdnik has accumulated throughout its 60-year history in the aviation industry. It represents a great opportunity for the Company to reinforce its position as an important centre of excellence recognized all over the world, and confirms our commitment to innovation.”
The SW-4 Solo RUAS/OPH, the result of a close collaboration between PZL-Świdnik and AgustaWestland, is one of the most technologically advanced achievements of aviation technology in recent years and will be used under the RWUAS (Rotary Wing Unmanned Air System) Capability Concept Demonstrator (CCD) programme. The programme aims at investigating the utility of a conceptual multi-role UAV for the UK Royal Navy and is covered by a contract that has been awarded to AgustaWestland by the UK Ministry of Defence.
The SW-4 Solo RUAS/OPH, based on the proven SW-4 light single engine helicopter, has been designed for both unmanned and piloted operations, providing users with maximum operational flexibility. The RUAS version of the SW-4 is capable of performing a number of roles, including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, as well as cargo re-supply. In piloted configuration, the SW-4 can undertake a number of activities, including transportation of personnel, surveillance and intervention. It can be fitted with a comprehensive mission equipment package, including search, communications/intelligence systems and armament.