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Leonardo announced on 26 April that it has received a contract from the Polish Ministry of National Defence (MoND), valued at PLN1.65 billion (€380 million), for four AW101 helicopters for the nation’s navy.

Through its fully owned Polish company, PZL-Świdnik, Leonardo will supply the rotorcraft and a comprehensive integrated logistics and training package to MoND by 2022. The Polish company was selected as prime contractor in a multi-stage process and plays a significant role in the manufacture of all AW101 helicopters ordered worldwide. The aircraft will perform a range of missions, including anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and combat search and rescue (CSAR).

We are committed to further reinforcing our presence and contribution to Poland, one of Leonardo’s home countries where we see significant collaboration opportunities in the future,” commented Leonardo CEO, Alessandro Profumo.

The supply of the best-in-class maritime AW101s will allow the Polish Navy to meet its rigorous requirements for the protection of national security in the Baltic Sea and for NATO operations. It will also enable life-saving missions in demanding conditions with second-to-none effectiveness, leveraging Leonardo’s leading role in the maritime helicopter field," added Leonardo Helicopters’ Managing Director, Gian Piero Cutillo.

To further consolidate its presence and develop its business in Poland, Leonardo is establishing a new legal entity headquartered in Warsaw. Leonardo Poland will represent and promote the entire technological and product portfolio, supporting the customer during the programme life cycles to develop partnerships with Polish industry. Marco Lupo has been appointed President of Leonardo Poland, with the aim of strengthening relationships with Polish customers and stakeholders and reinforcing Leonardo’s already well-established position in the country.

Four new AW101 helicopters will conduct a wide variety of missions for the Polish Navy from 2022, including ASW and CSAR. (Image: Leonardo)

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