The Polish military is already considering the option of immediately buying 32 Western-made rotorcraft, instead of “patching” Soviet machines
In 2019, the Ministry of Defense of Poland ordered the PZL Świdnik company to conduct tests of the endurance resource of airframes for attack helicopters of the Mi-24 type.
According to the contract, such tests should be completed in 2021, in fact they are still ongoing, which postpones the actual start of work on the modernization of the Polish Mi-24 for at least 3 years
In 2019, the Polish defense concern PGZ showed a project to modernize the Mi-24, which involved increasing the life of the airframe by 5,000 hours and installing an optical-electronic station and equipping such helicopters with Spike anti-tank missiles.
Such a complex of improvements for 28 Polish Mi-24 helicopters was supposed to act as an interim “budgetary” solution before Poland would purchase 32 attack helicopters of Western production under the Perkoz program.
But now, as the authors of Defence24 write, the Ministry of Defense of Poland is waiting for the end of endurance tests of airframes for the Mi-24 in order to determine the further expediency of modernizing these attack helicopters.
And at the same time, the Polish military already has the opportunity to buy Western attack helicopters under the FMS (foreign military procurement) program, skipping the stage of modernization of the Soviet “crocodile”.
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