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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 438-00
July 24, 2000

PROPOSED FOREIGN MILITARY SALE TO POLAND ANNOUNCED

The government of Poland has requested a possible sale for two SH-2G spare helicopter engines, aircraft activation, personnel training and training equipment, spare and repair parts, support equipment, facilities, calibration services, publications and technical documentation, supply support, U.S. government and contractor technical and logistics personnel services and other related program elements to sustain the operational requirements of the excess helicopters. The estimated cost is $85 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the military capabilities of Poland and further weapon system standardization and interoperability with U.S. forces.

Poland will use the spare engines on their excess SH-2G helicopters and supporting ASW helicopters to modernize its defensive naval capabilities. Poland will have no difficulty absorbing these engines into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractor will be Kaman Corp. of Bloomfield, Conn. There are no offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of a U.S. government or contractor representatives to Poland.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

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