Iraq’s first Su­per Her­cules

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

The first of six C-130J Su­per Her­cules for the Iraqi Air Force re­cently com­pleted its first flight here. The Iraqi Air Force in­tends to use the C-130J for in­tra-theater sup­port of its troops and hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief op­er­a­tions in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions.

These new trans­port air­craft will pro­vide Iraq with the abil­ity to op­er­ate seam­lessly with US, NATO and coali­tion forces. The first C-130J for Iraq is sched­uled for de­liv­ery later this year. the great­est range of he­li­copters for the task. This lat­est ad­di­tion to the prod­uct range ben­e­fits from our un­ri­valled ex­per­tise in the naval he­li­copter sec­tor and builds upon the suc­cess of the Sokol plat­form.”

A ded­i­cated pro­gramme team based at the PZL-Swid­nik SA head­quar­ter in Swid­nik is de­vel­op­ing the W-3PL/N with the ac­tive sup­port of Agus­taWest­land, a world leader in naval he­li­copter de­sign and sys­tem in­te­gra­tion. The W-3PL/N de­vel­op­ment also lever­ages on ex­pe­ri­ence gained from the W-3 Ana­conda maritime SAR he­li­copter op­er­ated by the Pol­ish Navy in the Baltic Sea.

The W-3PL/N will be fit­ted with mis­sion equip­ment in­clud­ing a radar, com­pact son­ics sys­tem (dip­ping sonar, sonobuoys), FLIR, res­cue hoist and search light. The air­craft will also fea­ture an emer­gency floata­tion sys­tem, an all-new land­ing gear and main ro­tor blade fold­ing sys­tem. Weapon sys­tems will in­clude air-to-sur­face mis­siles, tor­pe­does and ma­chine guns.

The W-3PL/N is per­fectly suited to per­form many maritime mis­sions in­clud­ing anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare, anti-sur­face war­fare, search and res­cue, naval tac­ti­cal trans­port and tar­get des­ig­na­tion.

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