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Published on 6th September 2008 by qalimar, 6881 views
"Głuszec" (Polish for "Capercaillie" or "Wood grouse") is a PZL W-3 upgrade program to bring Sokół to XXI century standards. The first prototype (s/n: 360901) should be delivered to Aviation of Polish Army this year.
New Sokół has Multi-function display (MFD) based cockpit, engines with Full Authority Digital Electronics Control (FADEC), Head-up display (HUD), forward looking infrared (FLIR) imager, new defense systems (IR countermeasure and Chaff/Flare dispenser), all new electronic system are integrated around new Mission Computer, air conditioning and composite armor for pilots cabin, new weapons: 12,7mm WKM-B machinegun in moving turret (instead of fixed 23mm canon), new unguided rockets pods with 70mm rockets (compatible with Hydras), new ATGMs, new main rotor (first prototye 0901 is using old rotor).
Polish Army ordered 22 helicopters in this variant as an upgrade of existing W-3W / W-3WA airframes.