Poland has sought to buy F-35 stealth fighters from the United States, its Deputy Minister of Defense Wojciech Skurkiewicz revealed plans to purchase two batches of the Lockheed Martin-made jets.
According to him, the first aircraft will enter the service of the Polish army by2026. The Minister called this decision a turning point and crucial for the Polish Air Force.
"This is a crucial decision that will raise our Air Force to a higher level. The first squadron of F-35 aircraft will be purchased by 2026, the second squadron after 2026," the PAP Agency quoted the Deputy Minister as saying.
The Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak discussed a F-35 purchase during his meeting May 17 with the Executive VP of Lockheed Martin. “I also spoke to him about F-35 fighter jets, which, I am convinced, the Polish Army will soon receive,” Blaszczak said in comments quoted by PAP Agency.
Poland has been on an arms procurement spree from the US after retiring its old Soviet era weapons. In addition to Patriot missile defence systems, and HIMARS artillery rockets in recent years, the Polish military intends to buy a batch of 32 attack helicopters by 2026.
The country has announced a nearly $50 billion procurement plan by 2016, mostly comprising of US-made weapons and modernization of command and control systems.
The United States army has awarded $713 million contract to Northrop Grumman for the production of Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) for the first phase of Polands WISŁA air and missile defense program. “IBCS is the future of multi-domain operations and with it, Poland will have a system to modernize its integrated air and missile defense capabilities,” said Dan Verwiel, vice president and general manager, missile defense and protective systems, Northrop Grumman Thursday
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
The US state Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Poland of (20) High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) M142 Launchers, and other related equipment for an estimated cost of $655 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today
Raytheon has won $1.5 billion modification contract to supply Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept on Target (PATRIOT) to Poland
Poland has formally sent a letter to the US requesting a quotation in connection with its intent of purchasing 32 stealth-capable Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft, Mariusz Blaszack, Defense Minister of Poland, announced today. "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
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