By S.L. Fuller | October 6, 2016
On May 24, 2015, Poland's Law and Justice Party won presidential office for the first time in a decade when Andrzej Duda beat incumbent President Bronislaw Komorowski in an upset. This had many political implications, but caught in the whirlwind was a deal between the Polish government and Airbus Helicopters for the purchase of H225M Caracals.
The deal was curated under Komorowski's administration but saw opposition from Duda's. After a year of widespread speculation, the Polish government has officially halted talks with Airbus for that program, according to the Associated Press. R&WI reported earlier this year that the Law and Justice Party favored domestically produced aircraft, rather than striking up an agreement with France.
Poland and Airbus were not seeing eye-to-eye in negotiations over a broad, multi-billion-euro purchase agreement for the Polish Army, which served as a condition to the Caracal deal. The Polish government broke off talks with Airbus on this agreement, subsequently halting negotiations surrounding the H225Ms.