The turboprop M28 Skytruck, produced in Poland, was among the aircraft offered to US Special Forces. The information has been officially confirmed by Lockheed Martin, which includes PZL Mielec.
– PZL Mielec, owned by Lockheed Martin, has established cooperation with the US company Sierra Nevada Corporation, thanks to which it can offer a specially modified version of the M28 turboprop, which meets the requirements of US Special Operations Command in “Military Overwatch”. ” a program
John Nelson, director of communications at Lockheed Martin Europe, said.
We are honored that this particular variant, named MC-145B, has been selected as one of five aircraft in the final test phase of this program. We believe the MC-145B is the most versatile – capable of carrying out various types of missions, the most efficient in terms of armament and reconnaissance missions) and the most durable – two-engine – solution for carrying out special operations missions
The final presentation of the aircraft to the potential user will take place in June and July of this year. ”Due to upcoming presentations and ongoing action, we cannot share any other information at this time– Nelson reserved.
According to specialized media, five entities submitted bids in the “Armed Surveillance” and support aircraft program organized by the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM). The new aircraft will replace the U-28A Draco – a special version of the Pilatus PC-12. Five designs were qualified for the final tests: Beechcraft AT-6 Texan II, AirTractor AT-802U, Leidos Bronco II, MAG Aerospace MC-208 and Skytrucka, supplied by the American company Sierra Nevada.
M28 Skytrack It is a modification of the Soviet An-28, modified and modernized by PZL Mielec. The US Special Forces have already purchased several dozen aircraft of this type; Most of it was subsequently transported as surplus equipment, among others Estonia and Kenya. Skyrucki was also purchased from Mielec by recipients from Nepal, Venezuela and Vietnam. She also obtained degrees in Brazil, India, Indonesia, Colombia, Taiwan and South Africa.