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December 1, 2014   
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Apache Helicopters for Poland?
Boeing Defense, Space & Security, part of U.S. aviation giant Boeing, plans to take part in a zl.4 billion tender designed to supply the Polish armed forces with around 30 attack helicopters. Boeing is offering two-seater Apache AH-64 machines, which were tested in combat during the First Gulf War in 1991, when they were used against Iraqi armored units. These 10-ton machines cost $55 million a piece. The Apache is capable of combating tanks and destroying fortified targets, and is also equipped with tactical radar. The choice of the supplier is expected to be made in the second half of next year. Airbus Helicopters, Turkish Aerospace Industries and Bell Helicopters Textron of the United States have also an expressed an interest in the tender.

One in Three Poles Digitally Excluded
Thirty-six percent of Poles are digitally excluded; only 64 percent use a computer, according to the European Union’s statistics office, Eurostat. Of those who use a computer, 63 percent use the internet, but only 45 percent say they use the Web to search for information about goods and services.

Eurostat data also shows that Poland is the only EU country in which computer-use indicators have not changed for three years.

‘Dry Port’ for Central Poland
A large dry port terminal may be built in Zduńska Wola-Karsznice near the central city of ŁódĽ. The local authorities plan to invest in the project together with rail carrier PKP Cargo, which would become the port’s operator.

The terminal will be built on 22 hectares of land owned by PKP Cargo. A multimodal transport platform will be set up there, comprising railroad tracks, warehouses and storage yards. The terminal, with a planned capacity of 1 million tons of cargo a year, will be equipped with cargo handling facilities and rail and truck scales.

The site is attractive because it is near an intersection of strategic rail routes: a line used to transport coal linking the southern Silesia region with the northern seaports of Gdańsk and Gdynia on the Baltic Sea and rail line No. 14 running from the center of the country to the western border. Also nearby is an expressway under construction that will offer connections with some major highways.
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