Poland’s defence ministry is processing two bids linked to a requirement for eight combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopters, and is also starting to consider a future need for multirole rotorcraft.
Speaking at the MSPO exhibition in Kielce, Col Dariusz Pluta, chief of the defence ministry’s armament inspectorate, says an Airbus Helicopters/Heli Invest Services consortium and WSK PZL Świdnik – part of Leonardo – are pursuing the CSAR deal with the special forces. The companies are promoting the H225M and AW101, respectively.
Both bidders are also in contention for an opportunity to supply the Polish navy with eight anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and SAR helicopters, pitching the same types. A PZL Mielec/Sikorsky team is also pursuing the deal, offering the UH-60 Seahawk.
“Negotiations about CSAR helicopters were finished and in early September a RFI [request for information] will be sent to all bidders,” Pluta says. “For the ASW/SAR helicopters, initial offers were submitted and we are starting technical dialogue.”
Meanwhile, Warsaw’s process for acquiring new medium multirole helicopters for its land forces is expected to commence with a concept phase for the “Perkoz” requirement in June 2018, with work to be complete by December 2019.