The new PZL 130 Orlik Multi Purpose Trainer. (Image © Pawel Bondaryk)

Introducing: the new PZL 130 Orlik MPT

The new PZL 130 Orlik Multi Purpose Trainer. (Image © Pawel Bondaryk)

Airbus Defence and Space rolled out the PZL 130 Orlik MPT (Multi Purpose Trainer) on Tuesday 11 March. The aircraft features a glass cockpit and 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.

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.

In September 2011, Airbus Defence and Space (the former Airbus Military EADS PZL “Warszawa-Okęcie”) and the Air Force Institute of Technology (Instytut Techniczny Wojsk Lotniczych – ITWL) signed the agreements to upgrade the Orlik TC II to the new MPT standard.

The new version is currently entering the test phase, in preparation for certification by the Polish airworthiness authority ULC.

Source: Airbus Defence and Space