Polish Naval Aviation has encountered difficulties with procuring new Airbus H225M Caracal rotor-wing aircrafts for their fleet. The government has declined to purchase the heliers, reports Defense Aerospace. Currently the Navy has two Mi-14 rotor-wing ASW and SAR helicopters that they plan to phase out, due to their age, between 2017 and 2021.
They originally owned eight Mi-14PL helicopters and was well equipped as the on-board search and track equipment was ahead of its time. These crafts were upgraded in the 1990s for the first time, adding hydro acoustic stations to the rotor-wing crafts and STANAG compatible radios. In 2010 two of the Mi-14PLs had to be rebuilt, while the rest were in storage.
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