Four bidders have submitted offers in the tender organised by the Romanian government for purchasing up to 12 helicopters for the emergency service IGSU for an estimated price of €273mn, Economica.net reported.
One of the bidders is Airbus Helicopters, which operates a production facility in Brasov, central Romania. Airbus warned last autumn that it would suspend the construction of its factory in Brasov unless it received even a small contract.
The government prevented this by signing a cooperation and support agreement shortly. However, Airbus has received no contract yet from Romania and uses the local facility to service Bulgarian helicopters. Such a contract would make the Airbus facility in Romania feasible.
The other bidders for the €273mn contract are Leonardo of Italy, a subsidiary of the US group Sikorsky (Polskie Zakłady Lotnicze), and a company registered in Cyprus, Exclases Europe Limited.
The estimated value of the acquisition varies between €93.5mn and 2€273mn, for a minimum of four helicopters and a maximum of 12 helicopters, respectively.
IGSU wants to purchase two types of helicopters: medium/heavy multifunctional maritime helicopters and medium/heavy multifunctional helicopters for land.
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