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Poland signs deal for anti-submarine helicopters

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Paweł Kononczuk 26.04.2019 11:51
Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak on Friday signed a deal to buy four helicopters capable of combating submarines for the country's navy from Italy’s Leonardo.
Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak
Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak Photo: PAP/Wojtek Jargiło

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the machines, which are also expected to be capable of carrying out search and rescue operations in combat conditions, would “significantly strengthen” Poland’s armed forces.

Morawiecki added that the AW101 helicopters would be "a very important element of our security architecture."

The British-Italian machines are produced by Italy’s Leonardo group, which owns Poland-based helicopter manufacturer PZL Świdnik.

Morawiecki voiced satisfaction that the helicopters would be partly produced in the eastern city of Świdnik, where the deal was signed on Friday.

Błaszczak announced the deal for the four AW101s after earlier this month signing a nearly PLN 400 million offset agreement accompanying the purchase.


Source: PAP

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