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Philippines Air Force takes delivery of W-3 Sokol helicopters

9th March 2012 - 13:14 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London


The Phillippines Air Force (PAF) has taken delivery of the first batch of four W-3 Sokol helicopters from PZL-Swidnik.

The aircraft were handed over in a ceremony at Clark Air Base on 8 March after being flown in from Poland in late February. The second batch of four will arrive in the second quarter of 2012.

Eight Sokols were ordered in 2010 under a $65 million contract as part of its wide-ranging 'Back to Basics' modernisation of the PAF's assets.

The Philippine Air Force’s Sokols are equipped with navigation and avionics systems including a NVG compatible cockpit, allowing it to

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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