Poland launches maritime patrol aircraft tenderStaff Writer | May 10, 2017
The Polish Ministry of National Defense has kicked off a competition to supply its armed forces with new maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs).
Defense Reconnaissance and anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare
It calls for the new platforms to be able to conduct missions involving reconnaissance and anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare.
The Polish Defense Ministry's aim is to find new-build replacements for the existing fleets of Soviet-designed An-28 and M-28 Bryza (variants of which are knockoffs of the An-28) MPAs.
The latter are produced in Poland by PZL Mielic, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin's Sikorsky.
The new aircraft will be deployed at the 44th Kaszuby-Darlowo airbase located near Poland's Baltic Sea coastline.
Poland has not disclosed the number of aircraft it intends to procure, nor the estimated price tag for the entire project. ■