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PZL Świdnik S.A (Wytwórnia Sprzętu Komunikacyjnego PZL-Świdnik S.A.) is the biggest helicopter manufacturer in Poland. Its main products are PZL W-3 Sokół and PZL SW-4 Puszczyk helicopters. In early 2010 the factory was acquired by AgustaWestland[1] (since 2015 became part of Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s Helicopter Division).[2]

PZL-ŚWIDNIK S.A
Manufacturer
IndustryAviation
Founded1951
Headquarters,
Key people
CEO Mieczysław Majewski
ProductsMilitary and Civil Helicopters
ParentAgustaWestland
Websitewww.pzl.swidnik.pl
PZL W-3 Gluszec (upgraded) of Polish Land Forces
PZL SW-4 of Polish Air Force
WSK M06B3 motorcycle

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HistoryEdit

History of plant establishment dating back to 1920, when in Lublin opened the first aircraft factory "Plage i Laśkiewicz". After World War II part of the senior instructors staff incorporated into the newly formed "Wytwórnia Sprzętu Komunikacyjnego".[3] In 1951 a third national aerospace factory, WSK-Świdnik, was built in Świdnik, and in 1957 it was renamed to WSK PZL-Świdnik. Since 1956 it has become one of the world's major helicopter manufacturers, producing helicopters under the Soviet licence, starting with the SM-1 (Mil Mi-1). Świdnik was the main producer of the Mi-1 and exclusive producer of the widely used in the world Mil Mi-2. Since the late 1980s, Świdnik has been producing a Polish-designed medium helicopter PZL W-3 Sokół. It also produces a light helicopter, the PZL SW-4 Puszczyk. After 1991 the state factory became a state-owned corporation (WSK "PZL-Świdnik" SA). It also produced the Pirat, PW-5 and PW-6 gliders and cooperates widely with other nations' manufacturers, e.g., in the manufacture of Agusta A109 fuselages.

From 1954 until 1980 the WSK PZL-Świdnik was also a manufacturer of motorcycles, branded as the WSK. Some 2,000,000 motorcycles of the WSK M06 125 cc and WSK M21 175 cc families were made in that period.[4], https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/WSK_(motocykl)

In early 2010 the factory was acquired by AgustaWestland.

Current products in productionEdit

 
PZL Kania of the Polish Police

Former products in productionEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gazeta Wyborcza article from Feb. 2, 2010 [1]
  2. ^ "Finmeccanica board approves new structure". ft.com. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  3. ^ http://oldtimery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=669:zakady-mechaniczne-e-plage-i-t-lakiewicz-w-lublinie&catid=18:stare-samochody&Itemid=705
  4. ^ (in Polish) Adam Zakrzewski, Auto-moto PRL: władcy dróg i poboczy, Demart, Warsaw 2010, ISBN 978-83-7427-484-5, p.158

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