Leonardo Helicopters has begun deliveries of the first AW101 anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters to the Polish navy.

Defence minister Mariusz Blaszczak confirmed on 7 August that the first example was en route to Poland, with the country’s armaments agency detailing its arrival hours later.

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Source: Polish defence ministry

Poland has ordered four AW101s for its navy

Warsaw in 2019 ordered four AW101s, plus four options, as replacement for its Soviet-era Mil Mi-14s.

Deliveries of the AW101s, built at Leonardo’s facility in Yeovil, the UK, are due to be complete by the end of 2023.

A follow-on agreement for up to 22 additional AW101s in a multirole configuration is being considered, a Polish defence official indicated earlier this year.

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Source: Polish defence ministry

Warsaw’s first example arrived on 7 August