Poland Awards Contract to Terma to Upgrade Helicopters

by: Matthew Potter
July 6, 2010

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Defense contractors were hoping that the new NATO countries from Eastern Europe will offer a significant, new market. The former Warsaw Pact nations need to improve their equipment to meet the standards of the Western alliance. Some contracts have been awarded and more are pending, but with their economies hurt by the global downturn there has not been the purchases expected. Poland announced that they are awarding Terma, the Danish aerospace company, a contract to provide self protection equipment for twenty-two of their helicopters.

The contract is worth over $100 million and will place sensors and flare and chaff launching equipment on the Polish aircraft. Illustrating one of the issues with integrating their existing equipment into NATO is that Terma will modify Mi-17 transport and Mi-24 attack helicopters previously provided by the Soviet Union.

Terma has made and installed such equipment on a variety of platforms in use by the military of several different countries. This is their first order to be provided to the former Warsaw Pact nations.

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