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Airbus Defence and Space introduces the Orlik MPT trainer

Airbus Defence and Space rolled out the PZL 130 Orlik MPT (Multi Purpose Trainer), a new version of the twin-seat 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 parameters 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-Ok?cie”) 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.

The attached photo shows the Orlik MPT at the moment that it was revealed.

About The PZL Orlik trainer

The PZL 130 Orlik MPT, offered by Airbus Defence and Space, is a two-seat tandem trainer adaptable for basic and advanced training needs. It represents an upgrade from the TC I / TC II version, in service with the Polish Air Force. Leveraging operational experience, the new version incorporates significant improvements already implemented in the PAF TCII fleet according to the contract for the conversion from TCI to TCII Garmin version : new, more efficient wing, a new 750 hp (550kW) turboprop engine Pratt & Whitney PT6-25C, a four-blade Hartzell propeller, and additional avionics systems (VOR/ILS/GPS/COM). Owing to these improvements, the Orlik TC II Garmin aircraft are characterized by better efficiency, performance, and operating capabilities.

In service with the Polish Air Force, the Orlik TC I and TC II Garmin represent solid solutions capable of performing a wide range of training missions, meeting the needs of the contemporary aviation. At the same time, the maintenance system is under modification changed from calendar inspections to an “on condition” maintenance plan, which significantly reduce the operating costs and increase the flexibility of the fleet.

About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.

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