Poland accepts first M-28 transport aircraft
PZL Mielec has delivered the Polish air force's first of eight M-28B/PT Bryza short take-off and landing transports to have been built with glass cockpit avionics.
Supplied by Rockwell Collins, the new equipment includes multifunction cockpit displays, replacement navigation systems and a weather radar, plus a data computer and standby displays.
Accepted from the Sikorsky-owned company on 30 March, the first aircraft will remain at PZL Mielec's facilities for several weeks to support familiarisation training by Polish air force flightcrews.
It will then be flown to the service's 36th special regiment of aviation transport at Warsaw-Okecie air base, with two more to follow this year.
Poland's defence ministry signed a 399 million zlotys ($145 million) order for the eight M-28B/PTs in 2009. Deliveries will conclude in 2013 under the deal, which also includes a new flight simulator and training for 36 pilots.
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