POLISH NAVY Mi-14
The Mil Mi-14, NATO codename 'Haze', was developed as an anti-submarine warfare version of the Mi-8 'Hip' utility helicopter. It first flew in September 1969. Significant external differences include the hull configuration for water landings, the retractable undercarriage, the weapons bay able to carry torpedoes, bombs or depth charges and the under-nose radome for the maritime search radar. Power comes from twin Klimov TV3-117 turboshafts. Around 230 were built for countries in the Soviet sphere of influence, and today the Mi-14 is a rare machine. Poland is its sole operator within NATO, using the Mi-14PŁ in the anti-submarine role and the Mi-14PS on search and rescue duties. A replacement will come in the form of the Airbus EC725 Caracal, recently selected by Poland to meet a tri-service multi-role helicopter requirement.