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Army Aviation

Current Title: Lotnictwo Wojsk Ladowych
Title in English: Land Forces Aviation
Abbreviation: LWL

History

Narrative Summary:
A rapid-reaction force, the 25th Air Cavalry Division, was created in June 1993, combining paratroops and helicopter forces. Circa 1995 this unit was transferred to Army control. Subsequently, all but one of the Air Force's helicopter regiments were transferred to Army control.

Key Dates:
June 1993    Rapid Reaction Army unit established with Air Force helicopters.
1995    Army gains control of Rapid Reaction unit.
19??    Army aviation gains additional helicopter units from the Air Force.

Current Status:
Polish Army helicopters are used primarily for transport, reconaissance and assault duties.

Future Plans:
Following the collapse of the four Visegrad nations joint programme, only 16 Mi-24Vs will now be upgraded. 4 machines will be modified for CSAR duties.
12 W-3PPD command posts to be acquired from 2001.
Acquisition of 24 W-3 helicopters to replace the Mi-8.

Markings

National Insignia:
          Main markingFin Flash
The main marking is displayed in 6 positions (i.e. above and below each wing, and on each side of the fuselage) on aircraft - but on fuselage sides only on helicopters. The same marking is also used as a fin flash on fixed wing aircraft. No service titles are carried.

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
Polish Army helicopters serials comprise a three or four-digit number for each airframe, e.g. Mi-8T 652.

Unit/Base Aircraft Code System(s):
Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designation System(s):
None - Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory:

Aircraft Type Total
Del'd
Total
Now
Role Origin
Mil Mi-24D/V Hind 32/16 28/16 Attack USSR/Germany
Mil Mi-8T/17 Hip 40/6 28/6 Transport USSR
PZL W-3W/WA Huzar 17/18 16/17 Anti-Tank local
PZL W-3ECM/W-3PPD Sokol 1/1 1/1 ECM/Command Post local

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Mil Mi-24D/V Hind 32/16 1995 current USSR/Germany
Mil Mi-8T/17 Hip 40/6 1995 current USSR
PZL W-3W/WA Huzar 17/18 1995 current local
PZL W-3ECM/W-3PPD Sokol 1/1 1995 current local

Aircraft NOT Used:
False reports of aircraft on order or in service - none known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters:
Warsaw, UI Wawelska 7.

Current Organisational Structure:
Army aviation comprises a rapid intervention Air Cavalry Division, the 25th, and two former Air Force helicopter Regiments.

Current Order of Battle:

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle:
To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List:
To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
The main air bases currently used are Inowroclaw-Latkowo, Leznica-Weilka, Pruszcz-Gdanski and Tomaszow-Mazowiecki.

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
In addition to the main bases, there are also a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Army.
Military Air Bases Listing - to be added.

More Information

Books:

None known.

Magazines:

To be added.

Websites:

Official Polish Land Forces Website

wikipedia: Polish Land Forces

airliners.net

Scramble: Polish Air Arms


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First Created: 27 February 1999 - Last Revised: 13 July 2008
Copyright 1999 John Hayles.    e-mail: john@aeroflight.co.uk