Iraq’s first Super Hercules
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.