Poland to raise its troop numbers and defence spending to 2,5 % GDP

  • Redakce ESJ
  • 24.10.2017 17:00

Polish President Andrzej Duda signed a new defence law on 23 October, which is expected to raise defence spending to 2.1 % of GDP by 2020 and 2.5 % by 2030.

The Polish army is also set to increase its ranks with up to 200,000 soldiers in the future, 150,000 of which should belong to the professional army and the remaining 50,000 forming units of territorial defence. Poland plans to exchange the ageing Soviet-made technology for modern systems as part of the increase in defence spending as well. These are to be produced domestically, an example being the self-propelled Crab howitzer, and also include technology of Western allies such as the Bergepanzer 3 recovery vehicles. Moreover, the Polish government circles are debating about the possible purchase of US 5th generation F-35 Lightning II multirole aircraft by 2026 despite their high price. Other V4 countries are also planning to replace their outdated technology similarly to Poland. The Czech Republic is finishing the preparation of an order for utility helicopters and because of the high chances of the US UH-1Y Venom, there are also talks about a possible purchase of its battle variant, AH-1Z Viper, which has roughly 80 % of parts identical with Venom.

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