The PZL-130 Orlik had all the qualities of a basic-advanced trainers of the period

At the end of the cold war, Poland sought to modernize its air force, which resulted in the acquisition of a new aircraft intended to provide incoming airmen with a basic-advanced trainer platform. As a result, the PZL-130 “Orlik” was born. The first flight was on October 24, 1984, and officially entered service in 1994.

The PZL-130 Orlik had all the qualities of a basic-advanced trainers of the period: the twin seats were arranged in tandem with the rear cockpit raised just slightly over the front cockpit. The crew sat at midships and the engine was carried in the nose. The tail unit consisted of a single vertical fin with low-set horizontal planes.

PZL-130 Orlik has a length of 9.3 m, a wingspan of 10 m, a height of 3.53 m, an empty weight of 1.8 tons, and a maximum take-off weight of 2.95 tons. The PZL-130 Orlik is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-25C turboprop engine, with 750 hp. The aircraft can reach a maximum speed of 550 km/h, a range of 2,200 km, a service ceiling of 10,000 m, and a Rate of climb of 14.4 m/s.

As a trainer, when necessary, the PZL-130 Orlik can also act as a light attack aircraft. It has 6 external hardpoints, with a weapon load of up to 700 kg. The Polish Air Force remains the only global operator of the Orlik. A total of 59 units were produced.

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