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2024-07-03

Leonardo Opens AW149 Production Line in Poland

PZL-Świdnik, the Polish company fully-owned by Leonardo, recently celebrated the opening of the production line for the AW149 helicopters of the Polish Armed Forces.
Leonardo’s dedication to technology transfer and local production has contributed to growth in Poland’s skills base and this has enabled new technologies to be delivered quickly to the customer, ensuring the Polish Armed Forces are equipped to meet challenges in the battlespace with the latest-generation multirole AW149 military helicopter.
 
The official opening ceremony took place in the presence of representatives and dignitaries from national and local institutions, Leonardo, PZL- Świdnik, and partner companies. This achievement marks a new technological era for both PZL-Świdnik plants along with the national supply chain and military service. 
 
The Polish MoD’s AW149 programme is based on localised production through PZL-Świdnik, which is a strategic decision of Poland to secure both national security and key industrial benefits. The contract for 32 AW149s was signed in Świdnik in 2022 and also covers the integration of the helicopter’s systems, dedicated armament, future modernisations, and technical support through the entire life cycle of the Polish AW149 fleet. Thanks to local production, Poland gains a domestic logistics base and technical facilities located close to the Polish Land Forces, in addition to state-of-the-art helicopters.
 

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