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HANGAR TALK


Zhejiang Police Order One AW119Ke and One AW139


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Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Zhejiang Public Security Bureau in China has placed an order for two helicopters comprising one AW119Ke single engine and one AW139 medium twin engine helicopter. The helicopters will be used for law enforcement and fire fighting duties. These two AgustaWestland helicopters were selected to serve the Zhejiang community after a rigorous and comprehensive evaluation process for their out- standing performance, opera- tional capabilities, safety and ease of maintenance. Fulvio Maurogiovanni, Head of Region for China, AgustaWestland said “We are


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delighted the Zhejiang Public Security Bureau has chosen these two models to enhance its oper- ational capabilities. This con- tract expands the presence of AgustaWestland helicopters in China and confirms AgustaWestland as the market leader in the Chinese law enforcement and public service markets.” ◆


PZL-Swidnik Delivers Four W-3PL Gluszac helicopters to the Polish Land Forces


AgustaWestland, is pleased to announce that PZL- Swidnik has delivered all of four upgrad- ed W-3PL Głuszec helicopters, a multirole combat version of the W-3 Sokół, to the Polish Land Forces. PZL- Swidnik and the


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Polish Ministry of Defence signed a research and develop- ment phase contract in 2003 for a prototype W-3PL (Głuszec) helicopter, a modernised ver- sion of the Army’s existing heli- copter. A second contract was signed in 2006 to upgrade four in service helicopters to W-3PL standard. PZL- Swidnik and the Polish Land Forces are now discussing the possiblility to modernize additional W-3 heli- copters to the Głuszec standard. The multi-role W-3PL Głuszec draws on knowledge gained from the Polish Air Brigade’s experiences on combat missions in Iraq. An in-depth modernization of all the heli- copter’s systems was implement- ed to enhance its capabilities for a range of missions including troop transport, combat search and rescue (CSAR) and armed attack of ground targets. The helicopter is now equipped with a 4-axis AFCS, engines with FADEC, and an NVG-compatible cockpit with Multi-Function Displays.


Navigation equipment package includes INS with GPS, Tacan, VOR/ILS, DME and a digital map. All communication, navi- gation and weapon systems are now fully integrated. The W- 3PL Głuszec is also fitted with self-protection equipment and systems including IFF, RWR, IR warning receiver, chaff and flare dispensers and armour protec- tion for the crew seats, floor and cockpit doors. Ten fully equipped troops can be transported by the W- 3PL on folding seats in utility configuration with the troop commander position equipped with an MFD. For SAR missions the cabin can be fitted with up to four stretchers, medical equip- ment, rescue hoist and search light. A range of weapon systems integrated with a sight-unit (TV/FLIR, Laser RF and HUD) include rocket launchers, a con- formal side pod with 23 mm gun, mine laying system on NATO standard beams and a 12,7mm machine gun in a nose mounted turret. ◆


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