PZL-Swidnik W-3A Sokol Specs, Cockpit, and Price

PZL-Swidnik W-3A Sokol Specs, Cockpit, and Price – The W-3A Sokol is a twin-engined multi-role helicopter designed and manufactured by PZL-Swidnik, a subsidiary of AgustaWestland. Helicopters can be used in various missions carried out by the military, government and other law enforcement authorities.

The PZL-Swidnik W-3A Sokol helicopter is able to provide operational capabilities in various applications such as search and rescue (SAR) missions, medical evacuation, fire fighting, cargo and troop transportation, emergency medical services, passenger and VIP transportation and other utility operations.

PZL-Swidnik W-3A Sokol helicopter

PZL-Swidnik W-3A Sokol Specs

The PZL-Swidnik W-3A Sokol helicopter has a flexible design by combining various equipment and internal and external cargo capacity. Helicopters offer robust and reliable operation in all climatic and environmental conditions, day and night.

The dimensions of the PZL-Swidnik W-3A Sokol helicopter include a length of 18.79 m, height 4.2 m and width 1.75 m. The helicopter's empty weight is 3,850 kg, the maximum useful weight is 2,550 kg and the maximum take-off weight is 6,400 kg.

The PZL-Swidnik W-3A Sokol propulsion system includes a 15.7 m four-bladed main rotor and a 3.03 m three-bladed tail rotor. The main rotor blades combine electric heating elements and wind shields for missions in difficult weather conditions, as well as producing high efficiency and inertia for safe automatic rotation. The helicopter also features a rugged fixed three-wheel landing gear equipped with full nose wheels and large tires.

PZL-Swidnik W-3A Engine and Performance

The PZL-Swidnik W-3A Sokol helicopter is powered by two WSZ PZL-Rzeszow PZL 10W turboshaft engines which produce a takeoff power of 662 kW and a maximum continuous power of 574 kW, respectively. This helicopter also features a continuous engine restart system. The standard and additional fuel capacity of helicopters is 1,720 l and 730 l, respectively.

The PZL-Swidnik W-3A Sokol helicopter can ride at a speed of 8.5 m / s and can fly for up to four hours and twelve minutes. The helicopter has a maximum cruising speed of 235 km / h, speed never exceeds 260 km / h and has a maximum range of 734 km and a service ceiling of 4,520 m.

PZL-Swidnik W-3A Sokol interior

PZL-Swidnik W-3A Cabin and Interior

The PZL-Swidnik W-3A Sokol helicopter has a spacious cabin that can accommodate up to 12 passengers, as well as cargo and other equipment. The helicopter can be equipped with an electric hoist to lift personnel or cargo around 272 kg and an external cargo hook is also attached to carry an underslung load of around 2,100 kg.

The cabin is equipped with a pendulum type vibration absorber mounted to reduce the vibration level. Other equipment includes cargo transportation kits, rescue hoists, wire strike protection systems, stomach water tanks, roping installations, rappelling kits and high-intensity search lights.

PZL-Swidnik W-3A Sokol cockpit

PZL-Swidnik W-3A Cockpit and Avionics

The PZL-Swidnik W-3A Sokol cockpit is equipped with a four-axis automatic flight control system (AFCS), a night vision goggle (NVG) system and a cockpit LCD display that increases helicopter's situational alertness. This helicopter is controlled by a pilot and co-pilot.

Navigation and communication systems include weather radar, instrument landing systems, infrared sight systems (FLIR) / TV with video, flight data recorders, automatic direction finders, cockpit voice recorders, HF, VHF / FM, secure intercom and radio communication, transponders, global positioning system (GPS), encoder, gyrocompass, radio altimeter and external loudspeaker system.

PZL-Swidnik W-3A Sokol Price and Orders

The price of the PZL-Swidnik W-3A Sokol is around US $ 7 million. The Philippine Air Force ordered eight W-3A Sokol helicopters along with ground support equipment, training, parts and other support services to carry out search and rescue operations in 2010. Deliveries began in April 2012 and ended in February 2013.

The Polish Ministry of National Defense awarded a contract worth € 90 million to PZL-Swidnik to order five S-3A W-3A helicopters in January 2012. Deliveries were completed in December 2013 and helicopters have since been deployed with Polish air force to conduct VIP transportation services. PZL-Swidnik W-3A Sokol also operates with the Czech Republic air force.

PZL-Swidnik was awarded a contract by the Ugandan Ministry of the Interior for the supply of W-3A Sokol helicopters and comprehensive training and support services in July this year. The helicopter is scheduled for delivery in 2015 and will be deployed with the Ugandan Police to conduct law enforcement operations in the country.
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