Poland to open $3 bil­lion heli­copter ten­der

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Poland plans to spend $3 bil­lion on mul­ti­role mil­i­tary he­li­copters for its armed forces in the near fu­ture, lo­cal pa­per Rzecz­pospolita re­ported re­cently, with a new com­pe­ti­tion re­plac­ing an ear­lier ten­der.

The main can­di­dates for the deal are Amer­ica’s Siko­rsky of­fer­ing its S-70 Black­hawk, Franco-Ger­man Euro­copter, and Agus­taWest­land with its AW149.

“The armed forces want to buy 70 he­li­copters, and not 26 as planned pre­vi­ously. A ten­der wil be com­pleted by the end of the year and a deal should be signed by May 2013,” Deputy De­fense Min­is­ter Valde­mar Skrzypczak said.

An ear­lier ten­der an­nounced on March 29, set out a re­quire­ment for 16 tac­ti­cal trans­ports for the land forces, four anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare (ASW) and three mar­itime search and res­cue (SAR) he­li­copters for the navy and three search and res­cue ex­am­ples for the air force, all us­ing one type of heli­copter.

The deal could be Poland’s largest ever mil­i­tary equip­ment buy af­ter its 2003 pur­chase of Amer­i­can Lockheed F-16 fight­ers for 12 bil­lion zloty ($3.08 bil­lion).

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