PZL W-3 Sokół is a multi-purpose Polish helicopter that was developed by PZL in the late 1970s.
PZL W-3 Sokół is a single-rotor helicopter with a four-blade and steering three-blade propellers, a twin-engine power unit and a three-post wheeled landing gear that does not go away in flight.
Work on the project began in 1973. The Falcon made its first flight on November 16, 1979. In 1985, serial production was launched in Poland.
About 150 Sokol helicopters were delivered to customers. More than 80 – to Poland, the rest – to the Czech Republic, Myanmar, Germany, Nigeria, Portugal, Spain, the UAE, South Korea, the Russian Federation, and the Philippines. Helicopter certified in Russia, Poland, Germany, USA.
On service: Iraq, Poland, Myanmar, Czech Republic, Philippines.
- Crew: 2
- The maximum number of passengers: 12
- Payload: 2550kg
- Length: 18.79m
- Rotor Diameter: 15.70m
- Tail rotor diameter: 3.03m
- Height: 4.20m
- Empty Weight: 3850kg
- The highest take-off weight: 6400kg
- Powerplant: 2 × TVD PZL10W
- Power: 2 × 662kW (take-off mode); 2 × 574kW (cruising mode)
- The highest speed: 260km / h
- Echelon Speed: 235km / h
- Practical range: 745km (on the main tanks with a volume of 1720l)
- Ferry range: 1180km (with a 730l PTB)
- Flight Duration: 4h12min
- Practical ceiling: 4520m
- Rate of climb: 8.5m / s
- Small arms: a cannon with a 23mm caliber GSh23L double-barreled gun