07 Aug. 2008

PR# 2008-374

Polish helicopter unit adds two to its fleet

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Polish Helicopter Detachment welcomed the first two of many new helicopters to its fleet in support of the ISAF this week at Bagram Airfield.

The helicopters, an Mi-24 combat helicopter and an Mi-17 cargo helicopter, arrived in parts between Monday and Wednesday.

The aircraft will now undergo reconstruction and maintenance, said Lt. Col. Wiesław Franczak, commander of the Polish Helicopter Detachment.

“After that, our pilots will check the machines during initial flight to ensure everything is mounted properly,” Franczak said. “We also will have the aid and experience of our American friends, and we hope to have common flights before achieving full operational capability.”

The Polish pilots trained in Germany before deploying to Afghanistan and currently train with U.S. service personnel. The Polish Helicopter Detachment consists of soldiers from the 49th Combat Helicopter Regiment based in Pruszcz Gdański City and the 25th Air Cavalry Brigade from Tomaszów Mazowiecki City.

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