Poland has considered to buy a $3.5 billion Polish-made Black Hawk helicopters after the country scrapped plans to buy 50 French-made military helicopters from Airbus Helicopters.
Polish Special Forces would be able to begin training with the Black Hawks later this year, Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz was quoted as saying various media Monday.
The modernization of Poland's army became paramount two years ago when Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine, making Central and Eastern Europe anxious, Macierewicz said.
Leaders with the nationalistic ruling Law and Justice party said, the deal with Airbus didn't serve the nation's best interests. A preliminary deal with Airbus had been sealed by the previous, pro-European ruling party, Civic Platform. Law and Justice, which won elections a year ago,
They had been skeptical of it, but carried out talks for many months before announcing that the two sides couldn't agree on an offset deal, which was a major condition for the purchase.
In an offset agreement, the seller of a product or service agrees to invest in sectors or goods on the buyer's side, as a way of compensating or enhancing the value of the deal. Offset deals usually accompany large deals in the military industry.
The offers made by Airbus Helicopters failed to properly secure Poland's economic and security interests. Earlier Polish officials had hinted the value of the offset should approximately suit the value of the purchase and should help develop the nation's defense industry.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., has won a US$187 million US DoD contract for 10 UH-60M ‘Uniquely Configured Black Hawk choppers, six to Taiwan and four to Tunisia
Sikorsky was awarded a $158 million contract to supply additional 14 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to US Army. Work is expected to be completed by June 30, 2017, US department of defense said in a statement Tuesday
Sikorsky Aircraft has been awarded a Foreign Military Sales contract to provide modified UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter standard spares kits to the governments of Taiwan and Jordan. “Sikorsky Aircraft Corp
Lockheed Martin unveiled a European-built Sikorsky BLACK HAWK helicopter at the Farnborough International Airshow, showcasing the types of weapons that can be integrated onto the multirole aircraft. Armed external wings on either side of the displayed aircraft feature a total of four weapons stations, with launchers for a mix of air-to-ground missiles, a 19-shot Hydra-70 rocket pod, and an FN HERSTAL Belgium manufactured rocket machine gun pod
Lockheed Martin's INFIRNO sensor system recently completed its first flight on an H-60 BLACK HAWK helicopter. This successful Lockheed Martin-funded test validated INFIRNO's ability to detect, identify and track targets from an airborne platform
Polish government has initiated a tender to purchase 14 helicopters as part of urgent operational requirement of the armed forces. Having taken this move, the ministry said that Poland would be spending all the funds allocated in the state budget this year to upgrade its armed forces,
The Polish Air Force has received the first two M-346 Advanced Jet Trainers (AJT) from Alenia Aermacchi. The aircraft flew in formation with the TS-11 Iskara trainers on Monday which were sent to welcome the new airframes, The Aviationist reported Tuesday
Poland will build a 800 million Euros worth new territorial defense force of 53,000 volunteers by 2019 in order to guard against threats from Russia. The force will be similar to the US National Guard in that it is comprised of civilians who undergo military training, Defense Minister Atoni Macierewicz said Monday
Poland is in talks with Ukrainian manufacturers to produce a military helicopter in a joint cooperation and is unrelated to the failed deal to buy choppers from Airbus Helicopters. In an interview for the Trwam TV station the Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz explained that the plan is an attempt to build a helicopter, drawing on the experience of the CEE region countries,
Poland has invited Lockheed Martins PZL Mielec, Leonardos PZL Świdnik and Airbus for new preliminary talks on supplying helicopters to the countrys armed forces. The three companies were also part of the previous tender for the same purpose
Poland would launch a new tender process for military helicopters after the country scrapped plans to buy 50 French-made military helicopters from Airbus Helicopters. The decision comes a day after Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz said that Poland plans to buy at least 21 US Black Hawk helicopters from Airbus rival Lockheed Martin
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