Army Tests Positive About Caracal Helicopter
(Source: Polish Ministry of Defence; issued May 27, 2015)
(Issued in Polish; unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)
The SZRP verification group, which included experts and specialists in various fields, both operational and technical, tested the EC 725 Caracal helicopter and gave a positive opinion.


Tests of the EC-725 Caracal -- part of the proceedings in the multipurpose helicopter project for the Armed Forces -- were completed on Wednesday (May 27) at the 33rd Airlift Base in Powidz.

The verification stage of the helicopter project completes the evaluation phase of the bids submitted on 30 December 2014 by contractors participating in the proceedings.

The next step in the procedure will be to negotiate the provisions of the agreement with the selected contractor. At the same time, the Ministry of Economy will be informed of the successful completion of the compliance checks, enabling the start of negotiations offset. After agreeing the contract terms, and signing the offset agreements, it will be possible to sign an acquisition contract.

Deliveries of the first helicopter equipped according to the requirements and in the numbers specified by the contracting authority will begin in 2017.

The purpose of the process was to verify that the technical data provided by the winning consortium for compliance with the real technical parameters as verified during the checks.

Checks were divided into two phases: the first were performed to verify ground characteristics, and the second flight characteristics.

The 32 most important performance and operational criteria included in the tender requirements were selected for the verification process.

These cover four major areas, including: common platform, design of the helicopter, performance and on-board equipment. After verification, the operations group assessed that all stated parameters complied with the actual characteristics of the helicopter.

Verification of the helicopter construction included the interchangeability of fuel and lubricants, particularly those used by NATO; the construction of the landing gear; the number of exits; possession of certifications meeting international aviation standards.

In terms of helicopter performance were checked, among other things: the ceiling, endurance, speed, hover performance, transport capacity and range and mission radius.

The final group of parameters verified the onboard equipment, among other things, the ability to fly by day and night, imaging and communication systems, as well as equipment required to ensure the safe operation of the helicopter.

The verification group was composed of experts and specialists representing the General Staff, the General Command, the Inspectorate of Armaments and Armed Forces Support.

In checking, they were assisted both by experienced helicopter pilots and maintenance personnel from the units which will operate the helicopters.

For the sake of transparency, this verification phase was supervised by the Military Counterintelligence Service, the Military Police and the office for Anticorruption Procedures.

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