In two tenders run by the Poland’s defense ministry for the special forces and navy helicopters, three companies submitted their bids. Airbus and Leonardo (formerly AgustaWestland) filed their offers in both tenders, while Lockheed Martin will run only in the special forces tender.
All three companies were invited by the ministry to file the bids. Lockheed Martin will offer its Black Hawk machines, while Leonardo will offer the AW101 choppers. Airbus did not specify which machines were offered in the renders.
Polish ministry of defense has launched a new tender for 16 military helicopters, after the first tender, won by Airbus’ Caracal machines was canceled in October.
The previous Polish government ordered 50 Caracal machines for PLN 13.5 billion, but the new Law and Justice cabinet canceled it and within few days announced its decision to buy at least 21 Black Hawk helicopters from Lockheed Martin.