Leonardo: The premiere of AW101 helicopter in Kielce

Leonardo: The premiere of AW101 helicopter in Kielce


  • The premiere of AW101 helicopter at MSPO in Kielce. HH-101A Caesar will be demonstrated; it is one of the newest AW101 variant being in daily service of the Italian Air Force
  • AW101 is the biggest helicopter in Europe, combining stat-of-art technologies and experience. More than 220 AW101s have been ordered so far
  • AW101 in two specialized versions - in CSAR version for Special Forces and in maritime version for the Polish Navy – is PZL-Świdnik’s offer in the ongoing tenders for the Polish Ministry of Defence
  • During MSPO also a design of PZL-Świdnik, i.e. W-3PL Głuszec, being in daily service of the 56th Air Base in Inowrocław, will be demonstrated.



Warsaw, 4th September 2017 – Leonardo, part of which is PZL-Świdnik – the only Polish designed helicopter manufacturer in Poland – is pleased to inform that during the 25th edition of the MSPO Fair in Kielce, AW101 helicopter in HH-101A Caesar version will have its Polish fair premiere. The Group will also demonstrate a Polish combat support helicopter, namely W-3PL Głuszec, which was designed and manufactured in Świdnik.


AW101 will be presented for the first time at the MSPO Fair in Kielce. It is the biggest European helicopter, which has a chance to become one of the greatest attractions of this year’s fair. AW101 is a multirole helicopter designed with performance of demanding missions of Special Forces and the Navy in mind, including search and rescue tasks, anti-submarine warfare and combating surface threats.


AW101 is the company’s offer in tenders of the Polish Ministry of Defence for specialized helicopters for the Polish Navy and Special Forces. The helicopter meets all, even most ambitious, requirements of the Polish Armed Forces. Being the biggest of rotorcraft offered in both tenders, it guarantees the greatest range, biggest payload, the largest space for soldiers and cargo, while being characterised by state-of-art technologies and experience in being operated by the most demanding users. So far more than 220 units of AW101 have been ordered, among others by Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Portugal, Denmark and Norway.


Demonstrated for the second time in Poland, HH-101A is one the newest variants of AW101 helicopter. On daily basis it serves in the Italian Air Force and is used for performance of the missions of Special Forces, including among others personnel recovery or search and rescue missions. Italy has requirement for the total of 15 helicopters of this type.


On the other hand, W-3PL Głuszec is the most modern helicopter currently operated by the Polish Armed Forces. The unit presented at MSPO Fair is used by soldiers of the 56 Air Base in Inowrocław. Głuszec is the newest version of Sokół helicopter upgraded to combat support version in close cooperation with the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland, and Polish industry and R&D sector. It is furnished with state-of-art avionics and equipment, owing to which the helicopter can perform many tasks on the contemporary battlefield.


W-3PL Głuszec helicopter has a huge development potential and it can be integrated with various armament systems, which was confirmed during last year’s MSPO Fair in Kielce, where Głuszec was presented with SPIKE anti-tank missiles as on offer for modification of the helicopter for the Polish Armed Forces. Głuszec with SPIKEs would significantly enhance the present combat capabilities of the helicopter [from 2000 metres to 8000 metres (in the case of the integration of SPIKE-ER system), or even up to 25,000 metres (in the case of the integration of SPIKE NLOS system)].






PZL-Świdnik is a key partner of the Polish Ministry of Defence within the framework of the most important helicopter programmes of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland. Presently, more than 160 helicopters manufactured in Świdnik are in the service of the Polish Armed Forces. Almost 80% of all helicopters delivered to the Polish Armed Forces within the recent decade have been rotorcraft produced in Świdnik (including: SW-4 Puszczyk, W-3PL Głuszec, W-3RM Anakonda and W-3WA Sokół in VIP configuration for transportation of top-ranking state officials).




The AW101 is the most modern and advanced medium lift helicopter available today and is in service, in production and in demand for its proven performance, successfully demonstrated whilst operating from the Arctic to the Antarctic and many places in between. The AW101 offers long-range, large capacity and advanced technology, all combined in a cost-effective, multi-mission aircraft opening up a new era in rotary wing operations. Depending on configuration, up to 30 troop seats or 16 stretchers can be accommodated in the cabin. The three-engine formula of the AW101 ensures outstanding performance and safety in any condition.


Over 220 AW101 helicopters have been ordered so far by customers worldwide to perform a large number of roles including Personnel Recovery, Special Forces Operations, SAR, Combat SAR, utility, troop transport, Anti-Surface Warfare, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Airborne Early Warning, airborne mine countermeasures and Heads of State/Government transport. Italy, UK, Japan, Canada, Portugal, Denmark and Norway are among the nations which have chosen the AW101. Leonardo Helicopters delivers a comprehensive range of tailored support, training and mission planning solutions to meet AW101 customer requirements whatever their mission.


The Italian Air Force HH-101A, one of the latest variants of the AW101, is able to accommodate up to five crew members plus twenty fully equipped troops or six crew members plus 8 troops for special operations, ensuring maximum mission flexibility. The helicopters also feature three M134 7.62 mm pintle mounted Gatling-type machine guns installed on right and left sides and on the rear ramp provided by Leonardo Defence Systems Division, armoured cockpit seats, ballistic protection for machine gun operators as well as for critical systems and an Integrated Electronic Warfare System. Through its Airborne & Space Systems Division, Leonardo has supplied a number of sensors, communication and self-protection systems including radios, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF), crypto, Link 16, intercommunications system, Gabbiano radar system, Laser Warning Receiver (LWR) and a Missile Launch Detection System (MILDS). The HH-101A also features an air-to-air refuelling kit for extended range operations.


W-3PL Głuszec


W-3PL Głuszec helicopter is a result of close cooperation between PZL-Świdnik, Polish Armed Force,  Polish defense industry and the Air Force Institute of Technology. Głuszec is the newest version of Sokół rotorcraft modernized to meet combat support standards. As the only helicopter in the Polish Armed Forces fleet it is provided with state-of-the-art avionics integrated with the mission computer and with the equipment and armament (largely Polish-made) allowing it to fulfil a wide range of combat missions, i.e. CSAR, combat support, troop and cargo transport, convoy duties, surveillance and targeting, and air assault.


Among others, the following armament systems have been installed on the helicopter: a remote-controlled gun turret, armed with a 12.7mm machine gun mounted under the nose of the helicopter, a double-barrel 23mm cannon in dispenser, NATO 70mm standard rocket launchers, MIL 1553 bus-controlled flare and dipole chaff dispensers, jammer of IR missiles, head-up display; moreover integration covered the existing armament, i.e. 57mm and 80mm rockets, air-to-air missiles, small diameter bombs.





 Leonardo: The premiere of AW101 helicopter in Kielce











Warszawa 04/09/2017 10:14