Lockheed Martin is to demonstrate the PZL Mielec M28 ‘Bryza’ across the Caribbean and Latin American regions in the coming weeks as it looks to sign up new military, government, and commercial customers for the short take-off and landing (STOL) twin-turboprop transport aircraft.
The tour, which was announced on 12 January, will run for two months and cover 13 cities across seven countries. Beginning in March, the M28 will be demonstrated in Trinidad and Tobago, before extending into Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Columbia, Panama, and Mexico. It will visit Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the biennial LAAD Defence and Security Exhibition, in early April before the tour concludes in mid-May.
As noted by Lockheed Martin, particular focus will be paid to the M28’s all-weather and rough-field capabilities.
A westernised development of the Soviet-built Antonov An-28 ‘Cash’ light transport aircraft, the M28 made its maiden flight in 1993. Called ‘Skytruck’ initially, this name was dropped in 2008 in favour of the Polish ‘Bryza’.
Military customers to date include the Colombian Air Force; the Nepalese Army; the Polish Air Force and Navy; the Royal Jordanian Air Force; the US Air Force Special Operations Command; the Venezuelan Army and National Guard; and the Vietnam People’s Air Force.
Fitted with fixed tri-cycle undercarriage, the M28 has seating for 19 people in its standard passenger configuration. It has a maximum payload of 2,300 kg (300 kg of which can be carried in a ventral baggage pod), with rear cargo doors for easy on/off-loading; requires a runway of just 500 m (needing only 204 m to land); has a maximum speed of 192 kt; a service ceiling of 25,000 ft; and a range of 1,673 n miles (ferry with additional cabin tanks).
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