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Fonte: ASKaNEWS.it 26 Gennaio 2016

Airbus, stop Polonia ordine elicotteri; Agustawestland rientra?

Azienda di Finmeccanica e Sikorsky hanno vantaggio impianti locali.

Roma, 26 gen. (askanews) – La Polonia ‘molto probabilmente’ cancellerà il maxi-accordo da 3 miliardi di dollari con Airbus per la fornitura di elicotteri all’esercito. Lo hannno riferito fonti del ministero della Difesa di Varsavia citate dal Financial Times. L’accordo, per la fornitura di 50 elicotteri EC-725 Caracal era stato provvisoriamente assegnato dall’ultimo governo prima di perdere le elezioni nello scorso mese di ottobre.

Ora il nuovo partito di maggioranza al governo l’euroscettico Legge e Giustizia, preferirebbe sostituire la transazione con un accordo affidato a un produttore locale. Una posizione che potrebbe far rientrare in gioco gli altri due produttori che avevano presentato offerte: AgustaWestland (Finmeccanica) e Sikorsky (Lockheed Martin) che hanno entrambe impianti in Polonia.

Barbara Kownacki, vice ministro della difesa, ha indicato che la Polonia non è soddisfatta della quota di lavoro locale che Airbus sta offrendo e ha detto al quotidiano locale Rzeczpospolita che è “molto probabile” che un accordo non verrà raggiunto.

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PRESS RELEASE

Decemeber 2014
PZL-Świdnik signs contract with HASA for three fire-fighting configured W-3A Sokół helicopters
• The three new Sokół helicopters will add to HASA’s existing fleet, which includes 26 helicopters produced by PZL-Świdnik, 13 of them from the Sokół range.
• The aircraft will be delivered in 2015.
• 20 fire-fighting configured Sokół helicopters are already being used by PZL-Świdnik’s clients in Spain, Portugal and Chile.
PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with the Spanish company Hispánica de Aviación S.A (HASA) for three W-3A Sokół helicopters in fire-fighting configuration. The contract will also see PZL-Świdnik deliver an Initial Spare Parts (ISP) package, Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and a comprehensive training package.
These three new aircraft will add to HASA’s existing helicopter fleet, which includes, among others, 26 helicopters produced by PZL-Świdnik, 13 of them from the Sokół range. HASA, a leader in the aviation services market, performs fire-fighting, medical rescue and transport missions and has been cooperating with PZL-Świdnik since 2009.
The contract was signed during a ceremony held on 5th December at AgustaWestland’s headquarters in Cascina Costa, Italy. Attending the ceremony were HASA’s representatives, led by Miguel Porrero, CEO, and executives from AgustaWestland and PZL-Świdnik including Daniele Romiti, CEO, AgustaWestland and Mieczysław Majewski, President of PZL-Świdnik’s Management Board.
The W-3A Sokół helicopters, to be delivered to HASA in 2015, are capable of VFR/IFR operations and will be equipped with an external cargo hook, Bambi bucket installation for fire-fighting, external cargo container and provisions for a rescue hoist, emergency floatation system as well as a foam dispensing system.
The Sokół has proven to be highly effective, reliable and rugged helicopter for fire-fighting missions.
Twenty fire-fighting configured Sokół helicopters are already being used by clients in Spain, Portugal and Chile. In total, PZL-Świdnik has produced almost 180 Sokół helicopters.

The W-3A Sokół is a twin engine helicopter with a maximum take-off weight of 6,400 kg that can carry up to 14 passengers as well as cargo. The helicopter is capable of operating in all climates and weather conditions, day or night. The Sokół can perform a wide range of roles including passenger & VIP transport, law enforcement, EMS/SAR and fire fighting. A multi-role combat support helicopter variant of the Sokół, designated the W-3PL Głuszec, has also been developed and is in service with the Polish Armed Forces.