15-Oct-2021 Source: HeliHub.com
The Romanian Government has announced the results of a helicopter tender, although like many such processes, it is already subject to an appeal from an unselected bidder.
The requirement was for up to twelve medium/heavy helicopters, to be operated by Serviciul Mobil de Urgență, Reanimare și Descarcerare – fortunately known by its SMURD initials – with its full name translating as Mobile Emergency Service for Resuscitation and Extrication.
The General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (IGSU) plans to issue a framework agreement to the winner for four years and will cover between 4 and 12 helicopters. The requirements include SAR, Firefighting and Medical Evacuation. Four of the fleet are to be capable of over-water operations.
The winner was declared as Lockheed Martin (Sikorsky), who were bidding with the S70i via their PZL Mielec subsidiary in Poland. Since the announcement, local website Economica.net reports that Leonardo has filed an appeal claiming that, as this is a competitive negotiation procedure, IGSU should have asked them if they could adjust their final financial offer.
The same website quotes the unit prices of each bid as follows – prices in millions of Euros, and subject to VAT
Sikorsky offered 12 helicopters for 272.84M Euros : 4 sea and 8 for land. The unit prices offered were:
– 22.77M Euros – maritime helicopter
– 22.72M Euros – land helicopter
Leonardo offered 12 helicopters for 299M Euros : 4 sea and 8 for land. The unit prices offered were:
– 26.05M Euros – maritime helicopter
– 24.35M Euros – land helicopter
Airbus offered 8 helicopters : 3 sea and 5 for land. The unit prices offered were:
– 32.99M Euros – maritime helicopter
– 31.59M Euros – land helicopter
No sources are quoting which helicopter types Leonardo and Airbus were bidding with, but the AW189 and H175 respectively would be the most likely
It remains to be seen what will be decided in this case by the National Council for the Settlement of Appeals (CNSC).