Sikorsky and its Polish subsidiary PZL Mielec announced that they will launch a two-month, 13-city tour across seven Caribbean and Latin American countries in early 2017 to demonstrate the short take-off and landing capabilities of the M28 twin turboprop airplane.

Flight and ground demonstrations starting mid-March in Trinidad and Tobago will extend to Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama and Mexico though mid-May 2017.

Sikorsky stated that the tour will enable commercial operators, government agencies and militaries across the region to assess the performance of the 7.5 tons Polish designed-and-built M28 airplane on short and underdeveloped runways for various missions.

Adam Schierholz, Sikorsky Vice President for Latin America. "We are bringing this reliable and powerful aircraft to show prospective operators its extraordinary short takeoff and landing capabilities, and the many ways to benefit from its exceptional range, payload capacity and multirole flexibility."

The company claimed that with its high-lift wing, thrust-reversing propellers and two 1,100 shp (820 kW) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-65B turboprop engines, the empty M28 aircraft can take off and land on rough airstrips just 345 meters long. The aircraft can be loaded with maximum 2.3 tons of cargo or carried 19 passengers and take-off from short runway.

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PZL Mielec said that more than 100 M28 aircraft currently operate worldwide in both commercial and military configurations providing passenger transport, parachute training, border patrol and fisheries protection. The aircraft is certified by Brazil's ANAC, and by EASA and the FAA. The US Air Force has used the C-145A variant for air cargo missions for deployed troops in Afghanistan.