Airbus introduces the Orlik MPT trainer
Airbus Defence and Space today rolled out the PZL 130 Orlik MPT (Multi Purpose Trainer), a new version of the twin-seat aircraft with glass cockpit.
This solution is a development of the Orlik TC II Garmin which is already in service in the Polish Air Force. The presentation of the aircraft was held in the Warsawa Okeçiefactory, to a senior audience of the Polish administration and armed forces.
Airbus said the Orlik MPT offers the flight parameters and systems essential for military pilot training in the 21st century at ‘a significantly lower cost compared with other aircraft of this class.’
The upgrade, focused on an integrated “glass cockpit” and additional systems, greatly increases the scope of applications in military pilot training, including basic tactical training and lead-in to combat training. The aircraft’s efficiency, low flight-hour cost and range of training capabilities will position the Orlik for the international marketplace.
The global trainer fleet is estimated at 10,000 aircraft, with a potential demand of 16,000 new trainers in the next ten years.