Airbus Military Polska is to develop a new version of its PZL-130 Orlik turboprop trainer, under an agreement with Poland's Air Force Institute of Technology (ITWL).
Signed at the International Defence Industry Exhibition (MSPO) show in Kielce earlier this month, the deal will see one of the air force's current Orliks equipped with glass cockpit avionics, to be sourced by Airbus Military and installed by the ITWL.
The Orlik TC-IIGC demonstrator will be flown in modified form in early 2013, and should receive certification later the same year.
"This upgrade will greatly reduce the pilot's workload, improve the safety and efficiency of flight operations and position the Orlik for the international market place," Airbus Military Polska added.
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