Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Poland Might Undo Airbus Defense Contract
A political shift expected during Poland's upcoming parliamentary elections may contribute to the undoing of the country's $3 billion dollar acquisition of Airbus' helicopters. Time reported that Law and Justice, Poland's national-conservative party, "has been immensely critical of the Civic Platform-led coalition government's reliance on the European Union for defense-related strategy," preferring instead to rekindle relationships with the U.S. and other Scandinavian countries. If it surpasses the current liberal-conservative Civic Platform, Law and Justice says it will block a provisional deal made in April between the defense ministry and France's Airbus Group to supply H225M Caracal helicopters to the Polish army—a deal the party believes would result in "dated" helicopters and Polish job losses, according to Reuters.