The Armament Inspectorate of the Polish Ministry of Defence has announced the launch of technical dialogue concerning the acquisition of 32 support helicopters, codename “Perkoz”. The aircraft are to be used for combat support, transport of troops and equipment, and in both ELINT and C2 roles. Tender submissions would be accepted by the end of May 2020.
According to the information released by the Armament Inspectorate, the Perkoz helicopters are to be procured in 3 variants: Combat support/advanced training, Command, Reconnaissance and EW variant.
The details would be provided to the entities that would be approved to participate in the dialogue, in the form of an RFI. The ability to transport five soldiers with a full kit or 1,000 kg of cargo is the sole requirement that has been made public to date.
The training capability requirement would require suppliers to deliver aircraft with dual controls and two engines. The ability to carry out close support and recce missions means that the new helicopters should also be able to carry weapons, opto-electronic sensors and a targeting suite.
According to the requirements, the Perkoz program aims to the replacement of Mi-2 helicopters stationed at the 41st Training Aviation Base.