Polish army seeks replacement for Soviet-era helicopters: report

Twelve companies have applied for technical dialogue with Poland's Armaments Inspectorate for the supply of 32 multi-task helicopters within the Perkoz [Grebe] programme to replace Soviet-era Mi-2 helicopters, “Gazeta Polska Codziennie” (GPC) daily reported on Wednesday.

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According to the newspaper, among the 12 entities that have applied for technical dialogue are Boeing, Elbit Systems, the Łukasiewicz Research Network - Aviation Institute, Polskie Zakłady Lotnicze, Bell Textron, Polish Armaments Group (PGZ), the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Works 11, Helicopter Division Hindustan Aeronautics, WSK PZL-Świdnik SA, Cobham Aviation Services UK and Airbus Helicopters SAS.

“Among the minimum requirements the new helicopters have to meet is the capacity to transport five soldiers with the full kit or a 1,000-kg load in the cabin,” “GPC” reported.

“The new helicopters are intended to enable combat support with the possibility of introducing advanced aviation, command and electronic recognition and warfare training. The technical dialogue involves an assessment of whether the aircraft on offer fulfill the initially defined requirements as well as a cost estimate for their procurement, use and withdrawal. The technical dialogue also assists in defining the timescale needs of acquiring military equipment and the conditions for delivery, training and logistical security as well as defining the rules of selection and quality supervision of the equipment,” the daily wrote.

“GPC” added the planned timescale for the technical dialogue is July-December 2020 and the new machines will take over from the Mi-2, built by Poland's PZL-Świdnik plant under Soviet licence, of which the Polish armed forces currently has around 60 in various versions. The new aircraft are also to supplement the potential of the PZL w-3 Sokół helicopters.