Rome. Leonardo is happy to announce that the Polish Navy’s first AW101 (ZR285) achieved its first flight yesterday on the Firm’s web site in Yeovil. The flight demonstrated practical checks of the primary airframe methods in addition to the management system, and engine-handling checks had been taken all through to observe the pace vary of the plane. The flight envelope will now be opened additional with testing exploring the bespoke mission tools fitted to the plane.
This achievement is indicative of an built-in Leonardo workforce spanning the UK, Poland, and Italy. It highlights the power in collaboration between Leonardo and the Firm’s important industrial presence in Poland, PZL-Świdnik which acts because the prime contractor, as all groups work carefully throughout the three nations to make sure this high-end functionality for the Polish Ministry of Nationwide Defence.
In April 2019, the corporate introduced it might provide 4 AW101s and a complete built-in logistics and coaching package deal to the Polish Ministry of Nationwide Defence. The plane will considerably improve the Polish Navy’s helicopter functionality.
PZL-Świdnik, acts because the prime contractor and is answerable for your entire contract execution, and at Leonardo in Yeovil, the workforce assembles the plane. The AW101 will carry out a variety of missions for the Polish Navy together with Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Fight Search and Rescue (CSAR).
The AW101 for the Polish Naval Aviation Brigade shall be outfitted with probably the most fashionable mission methods, together with autopilot with SAR modes, knowledge transmission system, tactical navigation system and safety and defence methods (passive and energetic). As well as, the AW101 shall be outfitted with a tactical radio, reconnaissance radar, an commentary head (FLIR) and an S-mode transponder. It should even be outfitted with a 12.7 mm machine gun.
As well as, there shall be a searchlight and arrayed lights, which is able to guarantee good visibility in all-weather circumstances. The plane shall be optimized with medical and rescue tools, together with two winches and a system for carrying masses on the exterior suspension. As well as, the AW101 fleet shall be outfitted with an emergency float system, life rafts, and a chilly local weather survival package.
“This was the primary flight of the brand new AW101 ASW plane constructed right here in Yeovil for the Polish navy. The flight represents not solely the fruits of the design and manufacturing processes but in addition the beginning of the thorough testing part of the plane’s improvement. It’s anticipated that there shall be a complete of 700 hours of flight testing throughout the 4 airframes which is able to affirm the right operate of every plane in addition to develop and validate a broad vary of mission and buyer particular adjustments from the usual AW101,” commented Miles Barnett, Senior Check Pilot at Leonardo Helicopters (UK).
Designed with subtle avionics and mission methods, coupled with lengthy vary and endurance, due to its potential to make use of two out of three engines for cruise flights, the AW101 helicopter gives operational persistence for all missions. This mission flexibility makes the AW101 probably the most superior, versatile and succesful multi-role helicopter obtainable immediately. The helicopter is already in service in among the most necessary NATO nations, comparable to Italy, the UK, Canada, Denmark, Norway, and Portugal.