Five international helicopter manufacturers will compete in a Turkish program for the acquisition of four utility helicopters for the country’s Coast Guard, with an option to buy two more.

Turkey’s procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), announced March 11 that five companies had obtained the requests for proposal, traditionally a sign to make an offer for the tender.

The potential bidders are Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter) and Airbus Helicopters Deutschland (formerly Eurocopter Deutschland); NH Industries; AgustaWestland; Sikorsky; and Bell Helicopter Textron. […]