The Polish Minister of National Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, signed a Technical Modernization Plan until 2026 costing an approximate 185 billion Polish złotys (about US$48.9 billion) that include buying fifth generation fighter jets, UAVs, assault helicopters, Short-range rockets, submarines and cyber security.
We will equip the Polish Army with modern equipment. The technical modernization plan is a roadmap. This is the document that forms the foundation for the development of the Polish armed forces. All modern equipment will be directed to the new fourth division of the Polish Army, Błaszczak said last Friday.
In the document signed, the Harpia program is the most important program - the purchase of fifth generation aircraft. Poland plans to buy 32 multi-role aircraft of the fifth generation, the Polish Ministry of Defense stated.
In the modernization plan, among the priority tasks, the Narew program (acquisition of anti-aircraft short-range rocket sets for combating, among others, unmanned aerial vehicles), Kruk (purchase of assault helicopters) and Orka (purchase of submarines) was registered.
Błaszczak stated the country has prepared a bridging solution for submarines. One of the areas that will be modernized under the Plan is cyber security.
“In the technical modernization plan, we also focus on the purchase of modern cryptographic and IT equipment for the defense forces of cyberspace. Expenditure on the defense forces of cyberspace will amount to PLN 3 billion (US $791 million),” said Minister Blaszczak.
Modernization Plan for 2026 Selected Tasks
Acquisition of a new generation multi-tasking aircraft to operate in an anti-access and network-centric environment and will cooperate with a component of allied air forces.
Acquire unmanned aerial vehicles of medium-range tactical range.
Plane acquisition of comprehensive air reconnaissance
An introduction of a new combat vehicle based on a universal modular tracked chassis, developed and manufactured by the Polish defense industry, for the equipment of the Polish Armed Forces. It will replace, among others a well-worn war vehicle of the Soviet construction BWP-1, will have at the same time the ability to swim.
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