February 16, 2013
|AgustaWestland subsidiary PZL-Swidnik, delivered to the Philippines Friday the last two batch of eight Sokol helicopters ordered for the Philippine Air Force. The last remaining Sokols were transported from Lublin Airport to Clark Air Base on board an An-124 Ruslan cargo plane. |
“It gives me a great pleasure to complete the handover of the Sokol helicopters produced in Świdnik to the customer. The delivery from Lublin Airport is an important milestone and for sure in the future we’ll cooperate further with Lublin Airport in connection with PZL-Świdnik operations”, said Nicola Bianco, Managing Director, PZL-Świdnik S.A.
Sokol helicopters proved to be highly effective and reliable helicopters for the Philippine Air Force capable of operating in the most demanding conditions. The helicopters are being flown by pilots trained at the PZL-Świdnik factory. Two of the units are being assigned to the elite Presidential Security Group.
“I’m pleased that the excellent operational capabilities of the Sokols are greatly appreciated by the Philippine Air Force. I look forward to expanding our close partnership with the customer in the future providing technical support and ongoing operational support for the Sokols”, added Mieczysław Majewski, President of PZL-Świdnik’s Management Board.
The Philippine Air Force’s Sokols are equipped with the latest navigation and avionics systems including 4-axis autopilot, EFIS system and Night Vision Goggle compatible cockpit, allowing to operate day and night in all weather conditions. This 6-tonne class helicopter can transport up to 11 troops in the cabin or can lift up to 2,100 kg (4,630 lb) using its external cargo hook. Powered by two engines, each with the take-off power of 662 kW (888 shp), the Sokols reach the maximum speed of 260 km/h (140 knots), can fly 734 km (402 nm) or stay airborne for over 4 hours using its standard fuel tanks.
Sokol delivery flight to the Philippines below