Turkish, Polish companies partner in bid for helicopter deal

Turkish Aerospace Industries has partnered with a Polish company in a bid to supply Poland with combat helicopters.
By Richard Tomkins   |   Feb. 5, 2016 at 3:06 PM

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Turkish Aerospace Industries and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa have partnered in a bid to win the Polish military's KRUK Combat Helicopter Procurement Program.

TAI is offering its T129 ATAK multi-role combat helicopter for the KRUK program. The helicopter is a variant of AgustaWestland's A-129 Mangusta, and would be customized for Poland using Polish companies.

TAI and PGZ met with 15 Polish companies earlier this week in Radom, Poland, to discuss possible cooperation but additional details were not disclosed.

TAI, however, indicated it plans a relationship with PGZ and Poland that will go beyond the KRUK helicopter program.

"The widespread product and activity range of TAI is an indication that this newly blossoming cooperation between TAI and Polish industry will not be limited to the KRUK Program," it said. "It will be a sustainable, long-term win-win relationship in which all parties will find opportunities to advance their business goals in local and global markets in the medium run."

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