Poland receives first two of 32 AW149s

Poland receives first two of 32 AW149s


On October 30 in Nowy Glinnik, the head of the Ministry of National Defense handed over the first copies of AW-149 helicopters to soldiers of the 25th Air Cavalry Brigade.

The AW-149 helicopter was selected for the Polish Army as part of the Perkoz multi-role support helicopter program. Based on the contract signed in July 2022, a total of 32 machines will be delivered to the 25th Air Cavalry Brigade.

“We signed the agreements last year in July at PZL Świdnik. These helicopters are also the future for PZL Świdnik. By co-producing these helicopters, this plant will strengthen the potential related to arms production in our country. I would like to thank the Italian partners for their close cooperation. Thanks to this cooperation, it is strengthened Polish Army. In a very short time, we have ensured that the 25th Air Cavalry Brigade has development prospects. The first helicopters are being equipped with this brigade, we have trained ground crews and pilots”

– said Minister M. Błaszczak during the handover of the helicopters.

AW-149 is a multi-role helicopter manufactured by Leonardo (formerly Agusta Westland), intended for transport, battlefield support and rescue tasks. The helicopter is an enlarged version of the AW-139. Helicopters in a configuration corresponding to the needs of the Polish Armed Forces will be equipped with, among others: in observation systems, small arms, guided (Hellfire anti-tank missiles) and unguided missiles and self-defense systems.

The armament, depending on the variant of use of the helicopter, can be installed in the cabin or on the helicopter’s suspension points. The helicopters will perform both the tasks of transporting soldiers and supporting units from the air.

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