Naval Air: Polish Patrol Plane Becomes Sub Hunter


April 3,2008: The Polish Navy has received the first of three PZL Mielec M28 Bryza-1R bis maritime reconnaissance/ASW (anti-Submarine Warfare) aircraft. The M28 is a Polish version of the 30 year old Russian An-28 design. This is a twin engine, seven ton aircraft that is usually used to carry cargo and passengers (about three tons of either). Poland had earlier converted seven M28s for maritime reconnaissance. The new three models add ASW capabilities in the form of a magnetic anomaly detector and sonobuoys. No weapons are carried.

The new version also has improved maritime search radar (with a range of 180 kilometers), FLIR (for seeing through darkness and bad weather, and detecting warm bodies on the surface) and some electronic countermeasures. The Bryza also carries life rafts for rescue at work. For the most part, the Bryza aircraft work for the coast guard, keeping an eye out for poachers (on fishing areas) and smugglers (of people, drugs or whatever.)

The Bryza has a crew of six and can stay in the air for about four hours per sortie. Cruising speed is about 350 kilometers an hour.


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