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PGZ to work with Leonardo on AW249 in move that could push out Polish AH-64E acquisition

12 July 2018

Key Points

  • Poland's state-run PGZ has signed an LOI to co-operate with Leonardo on the Italian firm's AW249 attack helicopter
  • The deal could scupper any chance of Boeing selling the Apache E into Poland

On 10 July Jakub Skiba, the president of Poland’s Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ), the national state-run defence-industrial consortium, and Stefan Volantii, the vice president of the Helicopter Division of Leonardo, signed a letter of intent (LOI) to co-operate on development of the Italian firm’s AW249 attack helicopter. The document, while creating the opportunity for Polish industry to have a role in a new aircraft programme, is being criticised as potentially eliminating any chances for Poland to acquire the Boeing AH-64E Apache for its own armed forces requirements.

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