Air­bus De­fence and Space in­tro­duces the Or­lik MPT trainer

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

Air­bus De­fence and Space rolled out the PZL 130 Or­lik MPT (multi-pur­pose trainer), a new ver­sion of the twin­seat air­craft with glass cock­pit. This so­lu­tion is a de­vel­op­ment of the Or­lik TC II Garmin al­ready in ser­vice in the Pol­ish Air Force. The pre­sen­ta­tion of the air­craft was held in the War­sawa Okeçie fac­tory, to a se­nior au­di­ence of the Pol­ish ad­min­is­tra­tion and armed forces.

The Or­lik MPT of­fers the flight param- eters and sys­tems es­sen­tial for mil­i­tary pi­lot train­ing in the 21st century at a sig­nif­i­cantly lower cost com­pared with other air­craft of this class. The up­grade, fo­cused on an in­te­grated “glass cock­pit” and additional sys­tems, greatly in­creases the scope of ap­pli­ca­tions in mil­i­tary pi­lot train­ing, in­clud­ing ba­sic tac­ti­cal train­ing and lead-in to com­bat train­ing. The air­craft’s ef­fi­ciency, low flight-hour cost and range of train­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties will po­si­tion the Or­lik for the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket­place.

In Septem­ber 2011, Air­bus De­fence and Space (the for­mer Air­bus Mil­i­tary EADS PZL Warszawa-Oke­cie) and the Air Force In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (In­sty­tut Tech­niczny Wo­jsk Lot­niczych - ITWL), as well as other Pol­ish in­sti­tu­tions signed the agree­ments to up­grade the Or­lik TC II to the new MPT stan­dard.

The in­vest­ment for the Or­lik MPT pro­to­type pre­sented has reached 40 mil­lion zlotys. The new ver­sion is cur­rently en­ter­ing the test phase, in prepa­ra­tion for cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by the Pol­ish air­wor­thi­ness author­ity ULC.

The im­proved per­for­mance and equip­ment of the Or­lik MPT of­fers a cost-ef­fi­cient so­lu­tion for the ba­sic and ad­vanced train­ing needs within the syl­labus of the world’s air forces. The global trainer fleet is es­ti­mated at 10,000 air­craft, with a po­ten­tial de­mand of 16,000 new train­ers in the next ten years.

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