Leonardo celebrates the opening of the PZL-Świdnik production line for the AW149 helicopters of the Polish Armed Forces

(To Leonardo)
04/06/24

Leonardo, a global leader in the aerospace, defense and security sectors, has demonstrated a strong commitment to Poland through strategic partnerships and investments in the country's defense capabilities, further confirmed with the latest key milestone achieved today. Today PZL-Świdnik, a Polish company wholly owned by Leonardo, celebrated the opening of the AW149 helicopter production line for the Polish Armed Forces and the launch of new localized production activities, fulfilling its commitment to the new helicopter programme.

The company's dedication to technology transfer and local manufacturing has contributed to the growth of expertise in the country and has enabled it to quickly deliver new technologies to customers, ensuring that the Polish Armed Forces are equipped to face challenges on the battlefield with latest generation AW149 multi-role military helicopters.

The official opening ceremony took place in the presence of representatives and dignitaries of national and local institutions, Leonardo, PZL-Świdnik and partner companies. This milestone marks a new technological era for both PZL-Świdnik's facilities and the national supply chain and military service.

Part of Leonardo, PZL-Świdnik leverages unique industrial advantages in terms of delivery speed and flexibility to meet challenging deadlines and emergency requirements, considering the geopolitical scenario. The first AW149s were produced in Vergiate (Italy), where Polish workers underwent practical on-the-job training and ensured on-time deliveries within a tight schedule, delivering the helicopters 15 months after signing the contract. The majority of the Polish Armed Forces' AW149s will be produced in Poland.

The Polish Ministry of Defense's AW149 program is based on localized production through PZL-Świdnik, a strategic decision by Poland to ensure both national security and important 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 modernizations and technical support for the entire life cycle of the Polish AW149 fleet. Thanks to local production, Poland gets a domestic logistics base and technical facilities located close to the Polish Ground Forces, as well as state-of-the-art helicopters.