PZL-Swidnik W-3 Kania
in Cyprus Air Command service


Key Facts

Total Delivered: 2
Total Still Active: 0
Total Now Stored: 0
Service Entry: 1990
Retirement: 1995
Main Role: Utility
Origin: Poland


The PZL-Swidnik Kania (Mi-2 Hoplite) helicopters were originally acquired from Poland by the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Natural Resources in the 1980s, for operation from Lakamatia. By the end of 1990 they had been transferred to the Ministry of Defence. The W-3 Kania is an advanced upgraded version of the Soviet Mi-2 aircraft, intended for medium-weight transport of troops and utility equipment. External armaments were not included with this aircraft type.

A total of 2 aircraft were procured but subsequently removed from this role due to undisclosed reasons and later used temporarily for Government crop-dusting. Still in service in March 1995, by November 2001 they had been withdrawn from use and stored at Paphos. They remain in open storage at Paphos with their rotors removed.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
204 900204   June? 1990  
205 900205   June? 1990  

More Information


  • World Air Power Journal No.25 p.5
  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

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