Poland has agreed to buy 96 Apache aircraft from Boeing for its KRUK Attack Helicopter Program.
Confirming the development, Boeing said it is “honored” that Poland selected the Apache.
Mariusz Blaszczak, Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister, said he discussed the submission of request for proposal (RFP) to Washington for 96 rotorcraft with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin. “We submitted an inquiry for 96 Apache helicopters. First, they will go to the 18th Mechanized Division. Not all, but the first copies. Because the 18th Division will be equipped with Abrams tanks. These helicopters work great with Abrams tanks,” Blaszczak said after a bilateral meeting with Austin at Ramstein base on September 8. “Along with helicopters, we will also obtain technology transfer.”
Boeing beat Bell’s AH-1Z Viper to bag this contract. The new aircraft will replace Poland’s aging Mi-24 fleet.