The PZL-Swidnik SW-4 is a light-single engine helicopter which first flew on October 29, 1996. Entered service in 2002 with the Polish Air Force. Parent company AgustaWestland developed an unmannned variant, the Solo, in 2012. In 2016 the commercial variant was rebranded as AW009
25-Jul-22 - UK MoD awarded £60M 4-year RWUAS CCD Phase 3 TDP contract to Leonardo to design and develop unmanned helicopter demonstrator as part of Project Proteus #drones
19-Nov-19 - The first of the European funded OCEAN2020 demonstration taken place in the Mediterranean with Italian Frigates Fasan and Martinengo with Leonardo’ remote piloted helicopters AW HERO and SW-4 Solo. The second demonstration will take place in 2020 in the Baltic Sea #OCEAN2020
27-Feb-18 - The SW-4 Solo optionally piloted helicopter (OPH) completed its maiden flight with no safety pilot onboard at Taranto-Grottaglie, Italy
05-Sep-17 - During MSPO 2017, the Polish Air Force has accepted into service a CAE 3000 Series SW-4 full-flight simulator (FFS) located at the 41st Air Base School in Deblin
28-Feb-17 - UK MoD and Leonardo joint programme for the Rotary Wing Unmanned Air System (RWUAS) concept demonstrator to help develop future unmanned rotary wing/VTOL aircraft operations
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Derivatives & Versions of SW-4
| SW-4 Solo
| Solo is a Rotorcraft Unmanned Air System/Optionally Piloted Helicopter (RUAS/OPH) single engine helicopter first unveil at the MSPO 2012.
| Leonardo AW009
| First announced at Heli-Expo 2016, is a commercial evolution of the PZL-Swidnik SW-4 with an advanced Genesys avionics display and powered by a ...
List of Operators of SW-4
|Siły Powietrzne Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej
|Ministry of Defence (MoD)
Global Distribution of SW-4