Poland plans to buy 32 Lockheed Martin F-35A fighters to replace Soviet-era jets, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Tuesday, amid the growing assertiveness of neighbour Russia.

“Today we sent a request for quotation (LOR) to our American partners regarding the purchase of 32 F-35A aircraft along with a logistics and training package,” Blaszczak tweeted.

The United States is expected to expand sales of F-35 fighters to five nations including Poland as European allies bulk up their defences in the face of a strengthening Russia, the Pentagon said last month.

Poland is among NATO member countries that spend at least 2% of GDP on defence. Warsaw agreed in 2017 to raise defence spending gradually from 2% to 2.5% of GDP, meaning annual spending should nearly double to about 80 billion zlotys (16.5 billion pounds) by 2032.

U.S. arms sales to foreign governments rose 13 percent to $192.3 billion in the year ended Sept. 30, the U.S. State Department said in November. F-35A fighters are estimated to cost $85 million each.

During a televised statement on Tuesday, Blaszczak also said Poland was making progress in convincing the United States to increase its military presence on Polish soil.

 

Source: Reuters

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Yo1
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1. Their current fleet is mostly F-16s.
2. They have 108 jets that could hardly be replaced by 32 jets
3. Their current fleet can probably defeat their new fleet.

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1.) 48 F-16, 28 MiG-29 and 32 Su-22. In fact, Poland was supposed to receive 48 more F-16 and a huge LNG decompression center for free, had they managed to cut the Russian gas pipelines, but then came the ECJ ruling : Poland has the right to cut the pipelines but would have to pay compensations for the difference of price between the cheap pipelined Russian gas and the 3-4x more expensive US LNG… 2.) Pole F-16C/D Block 52+ were delivered between 2006 and 2008… I don’t think they intend to replace their F-16. Now it’s clear that 1989 MiG-29… Read more »

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I couldn’t have hoped for a more comprehensive reply. Cheers, mate!