Polish Anti-Corruption Bureau will soon analyze the scrapped deal with Airbus for 50 Caracals worth $3.4 billion, according to Minister of Defense Antoni Macierewicz. The minister also blamed the European plane manufacturer for misleading the Polish public about the number of new jobs that would have been created under the contract.

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In the beginning of October, the Polish government decided to scrap the purchase deal of 50 Caracal helicopters, which was agreed upon by the previous Cabinet.
 

The main reason for scrapping the deal in the beginning of October were the “inadequate benefits for the Polish economy”. Later, in an open letter to the Polish PM, Airbus quoted its “ambition” to provide jobs to more than 6,000 people, 3,800 of which would have been a direct result of the Caracal deal.

Poland's Minister of Defense expressed serious doubts about such claims, which will be investigated by the the anti-corruption authorities, together with other aspects of the deal.

Meanwhile, having a serious need to renew its aged military helicopter fleet, Poland has announced a new tender, inviting Airbus Helicopter, along with Sikorsky and Leonardo, both of whom have already successfully localized production in the country.

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On the 18th of October, the Polish Ministry of Defense has announced inviting Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Airbus and Sikorsky to discuss the purchase of military helicopters for around $254 million.