America signs pact with Poland to manufacture two skytrucks for Nepal

US Defense Ministry has made contract with Polskie Zaklady Lotnicze Company also known as PZL to deliver two new M28 sky trucks to Nepal.

Previously, the announcement had been made about the pact named Foreign Military Sales (FMS) with PZL on last Friday.

FMS is the U.S. Government’s program for transferring defense articles, services and training to their international partners and international organizations. The FMS program is funded by administrative charges to foreign purchasers and is operated at no cost to taxpayers.

Under the agreement, it also mentioned about two new commercially manufactured MA28 block 05 Sky trucks, maintenance training, related technical materials and delivery from Mielec, Poland to Kathmandu, Nepal. It has also mentioned that this topic has been given to Nepal under Foreign Military Service.

The Sky Truck is being manufactured at Mielec of Poland and manufacturing work will be completed in December 2019. The air truck with two engine is known to be lastest. Even in adverse weather, it can fly.

PZL M28 Skytruck is a polish STOL light cargo and passenger plane. The M28 is a twin-engined high-wing strolled monoplane with an all-metal airframe, twin vertical fins and a tricycle fixed landing gear. If an engine fails, a spoiler forward of the aileron opens automatically on the opposite wing which limits the wing drop to 12° in five seconds instead of 30°.

The characteristics of aircraft: a 19-passenger airliner with 2-1 seating and an underbelly luggage pod; a cargo aircraft with a 1,540 lb (700 kg) hand-cranked hoist option; the most common combi; a VIP transport; a medevac for six litters and seven seats; a search-and-rescue version; a 17-seat paratrooper drop version; an 18-passenger utility cabin and an aerial fighting version is considered. Two people can switch between passenger and cargo configurations in 7 min. Its inward opening rear doors allow for cargo drops and utility operations as well as the passenger boarding.

It can take off in 1,800 ft (550 m) at the 16,534 lb (7,500 kg) MTOW. Maximum payload is 5,070 lb (2,300 kg), it can carry 5,000 lb (2,300 kg) over 100 nmi (190 km) or 2,500 lb (1,100 kg) with full fuel over 700 nmi (1,300 km).

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