ZL Mielec, a Lockheed Martin firm and considered one of Poland’s longest established plane producers, is to be a producing accomplice for one of many world’s most profitable fighter plane packages. Starting subsequent 12 months, PZL Mielec will construct elements and assemblies for the newest technology F-16 Block 70/72, sustaining round 200 jobs, with roughly 60 new jobs being created. This growth marks a big new milestone for PZL Mielec, which was final concerned within the manufacturing of fighter plane within the Nineteen Sixties. Starting subsequent 12 months, PZL Mielec will manufacture the rear fuselage, heart fuselage, cockpit construction, cockpit facet panel and ahead tools bay for brand new manufacturing F-16s, exporting the aerostructures to Lockheed Martin’s remaining meeting line in Greenville, South Carolina.

“At this time’s announcement underlines our dedication to PZL Mielec and to rising Lockheed Martin’s industrial footprint in Poland, the place we presently make use of round 1,600 folks instantly and maintain work for greater than 5,000 others within the Polish provide chain. Throughout our 20+ 12 months strategic partnership with Poland, we’ve delivered expertise switch, analysis and growth alternatives, long-term sustainable excessive expertise jobs, development and exports. Poland’s acquisition of the F-35 opened the door for an additional enlargement of this relationship and helped allow right now’s thrilling announcement,” says Robert Orzylowski, Lockheed Martin director for Poland, Central and East Europe.


With orders already secured for the F-16 Block 70/72 from 5 prospects, world curiosity stays excessive for new-build manufacturing plane and for F-16V upgrades. Poland has operated F-16s in its personal fleet for the previous 15 years, and this summer time marked a 100,000 flight-hour milestone. Past the F-16, Poland can be procuring 32 F-35s, the primary of which will likely be delivered in 2024. The complementary capabilities and interoperability between each fighter plane sorts serves to strengthen Poland’s airpower capabilities and allows partnerships throughout missions, coaching, tools and ways with different NATO members. The F-16 stays a important a part of the Polish Air Power. This new manufacturing work at PZL Mielec will additional guarantee Poland is a part of the F-16 world enterprise for a few years to come back.

PZL Mielec (Polskie Zak?ady Lotnicze – Polish Aviation Works), previously WSK-Mielec (Wytwórnia Sprz?tu Komunikacyjnego) and WSK “PZL-Mielec” is a Polish aerospace producer based mostly in Mielec. It’s the largest aerospace producer in postwar Poland. On March 16, 2007, PZL Mielec was acquired by the Sikorsky Plane Company, then a unit of United Applied sciences Company (UTX), right now a unit of Lockheed Martin. From 2009 it manufactures fuselage sections of the guardian agency’s UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter and from 2010 it serves as a further remaining meeting line for helicopter S-70i Black Hawk.