PZL-ŚWIDNIK, an AgustaWestland subsidiary, has signed a contract with the Spanish company Hispánica de Aviación SA (HASA) for three W-3A Sokół helicopters in fire-fighting configuration. The deal, which was announced on December 10, will also see PZL-Świdnik deliver an initial spare parts (ISP) package, ground support equipment (GSE) and a comprehensive training package.
These three new aircraft will add to HASA’s existing helicopter fleet, which includes, among others, 26 helicopters produced by PZL-Świdnik, 13 of them from the Sokół range. HASA, a leader in the aviation services market, performs fire-fighting, medical rescue and transport missions and has been co-operating with PZL-Świdnik since 2009.
The contract was signed during a ceremony held on December 5 at AgustaWestland’s headquarters in Cascina Costa, Italy. Attending the ceremony were HASA’s representatives, led by Miguel Porrero, CEO, and executives from AgustaWestland and PZL-Świdnik including Daniele Romiti, CEO, AgustaWestland and Mieczysław Majewski, President of PZL-Świdnik’s Management Board.
The W-3A Sokół helicopters, to be delivered to HASA in 2015, are capable of VFR/IFR operations and will be equipped with an external cargo hook, Bambi bucket installation for fire-fighting, external cargo container and provisions for a rescue hoist, emergency floatation system as well as a foam dispensing system. The manufacturer notes that 20 fire-fighting configured Sokół helicopters are already being used by clients in Spain, Portugal and Chile. In total, PZL-Świdnik has produced almost 180 Sokół helicopters. Alan Warnes