The tender for the acquisition of multi-task helicopters for the army for over 13 bln PLN, settled in April under the patronage of President Bronisław Komorowski, emerges as one of the most controversial decisions made by the PO-PSL coalition government towards the end of its term.
Leaders of four organizations represented in the new Social Dialog Council Andrzej Malinowski, President of Employers of Poland; Piotr Duda, Chairman of NSZZ „Solidarność”; Jan Guz, Chairman of OPZZ; and Tadeusz Chwałka, Chairman of FZZ – urged Presdent Andrzej Duda to make the government reconsider the decisions it made in relation to the tender for multi-task helicopters for the army. They reminded that The National Security Strategy, passed in 2014, includes the following statement: “The Polish defense potential – an important element of the economic aspect of defense – should be engaged in the process of the technical modernization of the Polish defense forces as much as possible”.
According to a decision accepted by the government, the Ministry of Defense intends to buy 50 helicopters in different versions from Airbus Helicopters. y. Offers pertaining to Black Hawks from PZL Mielec and AW149 from PZL Świdnik were rejected “on formal grounds”. Meanwhile, settling the tender in favour of a French-German company will create many jobs – but in France, while jobs in domestic companies are either liquidated or at least threatened with liquidation. army requirements are a key criterion in tenders for military equipment, they cannot be the only one. Huge army contracts should kickstart the economy. “Only an economic policy enabling us to use our potential fully will let us maintain long-term economic growth at a satisfactory level and thus contribute to easing social tensions” – wrote the representatives of employers and unions.