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28 Dec 17. Five US, European players apply for Poland’s fighter jet tender. The Polish Ministry of Defence has obtained five applications from companies that aim to participate in the country’s tender to purchase new fighter jets.
The participants include Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Leonardo and Saab, Lt. Colonel Robert Wincencik, a representative for the ministry’s Armament Inspectorate, told local news site Defence24.pl. Warsaw-based Fights On Logistics, a company that provided services in relation to Poland’s acquisition of 48 F-16C/D Block 52 Plus fighters, also applied to take part in the market analysis phase that precedes the planned tender.
The Armament Inspectorate initiated the procedure Nov. 23 as part of the Harpia (Harpy in English) program. Though the technical details of the planned procurement were not disclosed, Deputy Defence Minister Tomasz Szatkowski said last June that Warsaw aims to acquire new fighter jets around 2025.
For Boeing, the Polish procurement marks another fighter competition in the region in which the producer could supply its F/A-18 Super Hornets.
In November, Bulgarian Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov told journalists that, in addition to the three main competitors for the deal —which comprises Lockheed Martin’s F-16, Saab’s JAS 39 Gripen and the Eurofighter Typhoon —the ministry also requested an offer from Boeing for the Super Hornet. The Eurofighter Typhoon is made by a consortium formed by Leonardo, BAE Systems, and Airbus Defense and Space. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/Defense News)
27 Dec 17. Bulgaria’s new patrol boat plans in limbo. Bulgaria’s plans to modernise its navy with two multifunctional modular patrol boats suffered a major setback on 20 December when MTG Dolphin, the sole bidder and winner of the contract tender, decided to withdraw its proposal.
Commenting on the issue, the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence said the main reason for the withdrawal of MTG Dolphin, a private shipyard based in Varna, was the reduction of the project value as a result of the introduction of value-added tax on all defence procurement deals that came into force in January 2017.
MTG Dolphin has declined to comment on its decision.
The acquisition programme for two multifunctional patrol boats for the Bulgarian Navy (Voennomorski sili na Republika Balgariya, VMS) received parliamentary approval in June 2016 and initially had a maximum tax-free value of BGN820m (USD497m). (Source: IHS Jane’s)
24 Dec 17. Leonardo to double export sales offices in the next few years.
Italy’s Leonardo will open 30 new marketing offices around the world in the next three to five years as it shifts its focus from internal reorganization to export sales, a senior official has said.
From its current 30 overseas sales offices, the firm aims to double the number, with Pakistan and Chile getting new offices in the coming months, while Leonardo’s existing presence in the Gulf and Australia will be beefed up, said Chief Commercial Officer Lorenzo Mariani. The firm is also planning the launch of five or six logistics hubs around the world within three years that can offer customer support to the entire Leonardo range of products, from aircraft to radar to helicopters, Mariani told Defense News.
“We need a network of regional hubs that can handle all products and involve local companies,” said Mariani. Regions likely to host hubs are the Far East, Middle East — with possibly more than one hub — Africa and Europe.
The European hub might be in Eastern Europe, Mariani said.