ROME — Poland plans to purchase AW149 helicopters, the protection ministry stated Monday, with one Italian financial institution estimating the order may very well be value €1.1 billion (U.S. $1.15 billion) to producer Leonardo.
“Within the close to future we are going to signal contracts for the provision of mine destroyers … AW149 multi-role assist helicopters, two statement satellites and tank destroyers,” in response to a tweet from the ministry, which cited Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak.
Polish information portal Defence24 reported the order will embrace 32 helicopters, with meeting dealt with in Poland by PZL-Świdnik, which is managed by Leonardo. It additionally reported Poland will purchase the helicopters in three totally different codecs: fight assist; command; and reconnaissance and digital warfare.
Italian brokerage Banca Akros on Tuesday estimated the contract worth, which it stated is equal to about 7.7% of Leonardo’s anticipated 2022 orders.
A medium-lift, multirole helicopter launched in 2006, AW149 clients embrace Thailand and Egypt. Leonardo is presently advertising and marketing the sort to the UK.
The AW149 beforehand misplaced to the Airbus H225M in a bid to provide helicopters to Poland; the acquisition was finally scrapped.
Tom Kington is the Italy correspondent for Protection Information.