Poland working on obtaining new contract for helicopters says PM

Morawiecki recalled that Poland had already contracted 32 multi-role AW-149 helicopters from the plant but said the government may order more choppers from PZL-Świdnik, this time the AW-101 model. Wojtek Jargiło/PAP

Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, has said that his government was working on signing a new contract for Italian AW-101 helicopters produced in Poland to be used by the armed forces.

Morawiecki made the statement while visiting the helicopter manufacturing plant, PZL-Świdnik, in the south-eastern town of Świdnik on Friday.

He recalled that Poland had already contracted 32 multi-role AW-149 helicopters from the plant but said the government may order more choppers from PZL-Świdnik, this time the AW-101 model.

"We also want and are working to obtain new orders, a large, new contract for the AW-101," he said, adding that there would be 20 to 21 such units.

"I will do everything possible to complete this contract," he vowed.

"The Polish army needs multi-role helicopters - such as the 149," he concluded.

PZL-Świdnik is owned by the multinational company Leonardo headquartered in Italy.

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