Poland considers the acquisition of new fighter aircrafts

  • Redakce ESJ
  • 29.3.2017 16:08

Polish Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to renew its fighter aircraft fleet as it is considering the purchase of technologically advanced F-35 Lightning II fighters or modernised variants of F-16 craft, as the Deputy Defence Minister Bartosz Kownacki informed on 22 March on Parliamentary Defence Committee meeting.

Originally, the Polish MoD had a plan to buy used F-16 crafts in its initial production variant A/B, but this idea was scrapped due to the high expenses on both acquisition and modernisation of these fighters as they would subsequently cost much more than the brand-new ones. The fifth-generation F-35 fighters are also viewed as a possibility, besides, Poland has expressed its interest in buying 64 of these aircrafts already in 2014. But this option is problematic due to the F-35’s enormous price, around 102 million $ per craft. Such high expenses on jet fighters, regardless of growing fears of Russia threat, would significantly disrupt the other Polish Armed Forces modernisation plans. Excluding Poland, other V4 countries are also planning to modernise their armed forces as Czech Republic aims for the purchase of UH-1Y helicopters and self-propelled howitzers and Slovakia will obtain its first UH-60 Blackhawk choppers this year. 





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