By Helicopters Staff
The Polish Ministry of National Defence signed an offset agreement valued at approximately $135.2 million (CDN) with Leonardo for in-country maintenance capabilities. The deal precedes a contract for the supply of Leonardo AW101 military helicopters.
The deal was announced by PZL-Świdnik, described as Leonardo’s main industrial pillar in Poland, and it was arranged by UK subsidiary Leonardo MW Ltd.
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. The maintenance deal will also benefit Gdańsk Technical University.
Leonardo explains the deal confirms its commitment for long-term cooperation with the Polish Armed Forces and Polish industry, from the delivery of maintenance capabilities for modern military equipment to the development of the necessary skills and experience in the country.