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Poland to buy F-35 fighter jets from the US
Sunday, May 19, 2019




Polish Deputy Minister of Defense Wojciech Skurkiewicz revealed plans to purchase two batches of American F-35 fighters.

According to him, the first aircraft will enter the service of the Polish army by2026. The Minister called this decision a turning point and crucial for the Polish Air Force.

"This is a crucial decision that will raise our Air Force to a higher level. The first squadron of F-35 aircraft will be purchased by 2026, the second squadron - after 2026," — the PAP Agency quotes the Deputy Minister.

Polish military also intend to buy a batch of 32 attack helicopters by 2026.



 

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Poland reaffirms interest in F-35
  • 29 MAY, 2019
  • SOURCE: FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM
  • BY: BARTOSZ GLOWACKI
  • WARSAW
Poland has deepened its interest in the Lockheed Martin F-35, with the country’s defence minister indicating that it intends to purchase 32 examples of the fifth-generation fighter.

Mariusz Blaszczak says it intends to acquire the A-model variant to replace its Soviet-era RAC MiG-29 and Sukhoi Su-22 aircraft under the Harpia programme.

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"Fifth-generation fighters are already on the horizon. Today we sent a [letter of request], an offer inquiry, to our partners from the UnitedStates regarding the purchase of 32 F-35A aircraft, along with a logistics and training package.

“It is time to replace post-Soviet equipment with the most modern fighters,” wrote Blaszczak on Twitter.

Blaszczak says the acquisition of “state-of-the-art equipment” is a “priority” for the government.

In mid-May, deputy of defence minister Wojciech Skurkiewicz told the Polish parliament that the first 16-strong squadron of F-35As will be purchased under the scope of the current armed forces modernisation plan covering the 2017-2026 period; a second squadron will be acquired after 2026.

 
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