Poland has signed a £77m agreement relating to AW101 military helicopters.
The AW101 is a medium-lift helicopter used in both military and civil applications around the world. Several operators, including the armed forces of the UK, Denmark, Norway and Portugal, use the name Merlin for their AW101 aircraft.
Leonardo, the owner of PZL-Świdnik, the Group’s main industrial pillar in Poland, announced that its UK subsidiary Leonardo MW has signed an Offset Agreement, valued at around £77m, with the Polish Ministry of National Defence.
The signing of the Offset Agreement precedes a contract for the supply of AW101 military helicopters.
The Offset Agreement provides the Polish Ministry of National Defence with the commitment for establishing in the Military Aviation Works No.1 in Łódź, part of the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ), critical maintenance capabilities for the AW101 helicopters and its dedicated mission equipment.
According to Leonardo:
“The scope of the offset programme fully meets the stringent requirements of the Polish Ministry of National Defence, confirming Leonardo’s commitment to a solid and long-term cooperation with the Polish Armed Forces and Polish industry for the delivery of relevant capabilities required for the maintenance of modern military equipment, as well as development and sustainment of the necessary skills and experience in the country.”
The aircraft is manufactured at factories in Yeovil, England and Vergiate, Italy; licensed assembly work has also taken place in Japan and the United States.