Airbus has offered its C295 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) for the South Korean Navy's MPA requirement which already has Boeing P8 and Saab Swordfish in the race.
In February, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) unveiled its plan to sign a deal with an overseas aircraft manufacturer to introduce next-generation maritime patrol aircraft by 2020. The project is worth 1.9 trillion won ($1.76 billion).
Airbus Defense and Space (DS) also expressed its willingness Tuesday to join the bidding process with its C295 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA), a multi-role aircraft derived from the C295 military purpose transport aircraft, The Korea Times reports.
"If the government adopts an open tender process for the project, we are willing to compete with other aircraft manufacturers," an Airbus spokesman said.
The company also plans to promote the new patrol aircraft on Thursday in Seoul by holding a press conference.
DAPA plans to hold a meeting as early as this month to decide the form of the contract for the project.
The Republic of Korea Navy currently uses the P-3 patrol aircraft. But in a defense acquisition meeting in February, the defense ministry and DAPA decided to adopt new surveillance aircraft that offer a longer flight duration and heavier weapons payload.
Saab, a Swedish defense firm, has offered its Swordfish maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) for South Korean Navys requirement to procure six new aircraft to supplement its MPA fleet of 16 P-3C and P-3CK Orion planes in service. According to Yonhap, Saab argued Wednesday that its Swordfish aircraft is an optimum model for use by South Korea's Navy, which is seeking to bolster its ability to counter North Korea's submarines, some of which are equipped with ballistic missiles
Boeing P8 and Saab Swordfish maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) are the likely candidates as South Korea today decided to procure six new aircraft to supplement its MPA fleet of 16 P-3C and P-3CK Orion planes in service. South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) aims to respond to a change in security conditions, including North Korea's submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) threats, Yonhap reported quoting DAPAs statement Wednesday
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Boeing and Saab are in the race for South Korea's upcoming maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) contract that could see Seoul buy up to 60 MPA potentially worth several billion dollars. While Boeing has proposed its P-8A Poseidon aircraft, Saab has offered its Swordfish aircraft as candidates for the contract
Saab has introduced its Swordfish mission system for maritime patrol aircraft on two new platforms -- Bombardiers Q400 turboprop and Global 6000 jet, the company statement said today. Saabs Swordfish maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) mission system delivers strategic multi-role capabilities
The World Trade Organization (WTO) today in its final decision found that the European Union (EU) has failed to honor multiple previous rulings and has provided more than $22 billion of illegal subsidies to European aircraft maker Airbus. After examining this case for more than a decade, the WTO has determined the EU must end its unfair business practices and remedy the ongoing harm caused by the illegal subsidies, Boeing said in a statement Tesday
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