Wehrtechnik & Rüstung, Gemeinsame Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik
Czech Defence Ministry eyes $480M helo deal
The Czech Ministry of Defence may spend up to 12 billion koruna (U.S. $480 million) to acquire about a dozen new helos for the country’s armed forces. The ministry initially aimed to spend only 6 billion krona on the procurement, but it is currently evaluating a proposal to double the deal’s value, according to sources close to the deal.
“The ongoing market research activities are entering their final phase. No decision has been taken so far by the leadership of the Ministry of Defence and the General Staff,” Petr Medek, spokesman for the MoD, told local business daily Hospodarske noviny.
Leonardo's AW139M targets Czech opportunity
Prague's procurement plans cover an initial batch of 12 intermediate- or medium-class rotorcraft capable of carrying troops and air-to-surface weapons including anti-tank missiles. Candidate types must be able to operate in all weather conditions, by day and night.
"The AW139M is fully compliant with the [defence ministry's] request for information and subsequent request for additional data," says Leonardo Helicopters managing director Daniele Romiti, who points to the model's weapons carriage capabilities and full icing protection system.
Noting that "the value of the AW139M-based offer is compliant", he adds: "To meet the need for a further programme budget reduction, this offer includes even more attractive conditions for initial training and support.” The company's proposal includes significant local industry involvement, including from LOM Praha, Leonardo says.
Leonardo will not disclose details of its proposed aircraft configuration ahead of RFP release, but its AW139M is also likely to feature defensive aids system equipment and countermeasures dispensers. The company has released an image of a notional fire-support-roled aircraft carrying air-to-surface missiles, guided/unguided rocket pods, a pod-housed gun and an electro-optical/infrared sensor payload.
Czech Republic – UH-1Y Utility Helicopters
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 11, 2017.
The Government of the Czech Republic has requested the possible sale of
twelve (12) UH-1Y utility helicopters,
twenty-five (25) T-700 GE 401C engines (twenty-four (24) installed, one (1) spare),
thirteen (13) Honeywell Embedded GPS/INS (EGI) (twelve (12) installed, one (1) spare),
and twelve (12) 7.62mm M240 Machine Guns.
This request also includes
Brite Star II FLIR system,
Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE) (includes the AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning and Laser Detection System, AN/ALE-47 Counter Measure Dispensing System (CMDS) and the AN/APR-39 Radar Warning Receiver (RWR)),
Joint Mission Planning Systems,
Helmet Mounted Displays,
small caliber gun systems including GAU-17A and GAU-21,
electronic warfare systems, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Mode 4/5 transponder,
spare engine containers,
spare and repair parts,
tools and test equipment,
technical data and publications,
personnel training and training equipment,
U.S. government and contractor engineering,
technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support.
The estimated cost is $575 million.
Víceúčelové vrtulníky nabídly vlády Itálie a USA
31.10.2017 • Ministerstvo obrany dnes převzalo nabídky vlád Itálie a USA na dodávku 12 víceúčelových vrtulníků. Nyní se budou posuzovat a vyhodnocovat. Do ukončení tohoto procesu nebudeme zakázku více komentovat.
Celý projekt běží podle stanoveného harmonogramu. Finální rozhodnutí o dodavateli nových vrtulníků bude na nové vládě.
Multipurpose helicopters have been offered by the governments of Italy and the United States
31.10.2017 • Today, the Ministry of Defense has received the offers from Italy and the US to supply 12 multi-purpose helicopters. They will now be assessed and evaluated. Until we complete this process, we will not comment more on the issue.
The entire project runs according to the schedule. The final decision on the supplier of the new helicopters will be made by the new government.
Leonardo and Lockheed Martin confirm Czech helo interest
Leonardo Helicopters and Lockheed Martin have confirmed their commitment to competing a future medium multirole helicopter requirement for the Czech Republic, following the recent announcement that the US government has cleared the potential sale of the Bell UH-1Y Venom to the country.
Both Leonardo Helicopters and Lockheed Martin re-affirmed to Jane’s on 28 October their continued interest in the Czech requirement to acquire an initial 12 new multirole helicopters to replace its ageing and increasingly unsupportable Warsaw Pact-era inventories.
While Leonardo’s AgustaWestland AW149 had previously been reported to be under consideration, a company representative said that its current offer is focused around the AW139M, noting; “Leonardo firmly believes that the AW139M-based [offers] full compliance with the Czech requirement, and a more comprehensive mission equipment package (including full icing protection and all weapon systems for effective close-air support), all with a significantly more competitive value.” The company added that its offer of industrial is “not negligible”, and will result in “significant taxpayer savings” for the country.
Lockheed Martin said: “We see a strong interest for an armed Black Hawk utility helicopter in a number of Central and East European countries, and are currently reviewing the Czech Republic’s specific requirements.” The Polish-built S-70i is reported by some sources to be a favoured option of the joint Army of the Czech Republic (Armáda Ceské Republiky: ACR), partly due to orders from its near-neighbours Poland and Slovakia, with Hungary expected to follow.
Post-election vacuum complicates Czech helicopter procurement