Poland joins NATO maritime surveillance aircraft program

  • Redakce ESJ
  • 19.2.2018 14:28

On Thursday, 15 February, Poland, along with Canada, officially joined the NATO solution development program for a modern maritime surveillance aircraft, launched in June 2017 by France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Spain and Turkey.

The reason for launching the program, which is still at the early stage of common requirements formulation, is that the maritime surveillance aircrafts of the above-mentioned states will reach the end of their life-cycle between 2025 and 2035. Poland currently operates the M28 Bryz, a modification of the Soviet aircraft An-28. According to NATO officials, the new aircraft should, in addition to its surveillance and reconnaissance potential, have appropriate anti-submarine capabilities. Among such platforms are the latest Swedish Saab Swordfish, or the american Boeing P-8 Poseidon. The latter is currently being used by the US and Norway, while UK will deploy it starting with 2020. The increased activity of the Russian Navy in the Baltic Sea and the Arctic, along with the presence of its submarines in the proximity of undersea communication cables in the Atlantic and Mediterranean has probably contributed to NATO’s decision to focus more on this type of capabilites.

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