Poland orders 32 F35A for $ 4,6 billion to replace its Mig-29 and Su-22

It's official. On the occasion of a ceremony held on January 31 at Deblin air base, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak signed the order for 32 F35A combat aircraft from the American Lockheed-Martin, for an amount of $ 4,6 billion, or € 4,2 billion. The delivery of the first aircraft will take place in 2024, and will be intended to replace the Mig-29 and Su-22 inherited from the Warsaw Pact and still in service today in the Polish air force. These will therefore ultimately have a strong air force of 48 F16 Block 52+ and 32 F35A.

The Polish order covers aircraft, maintenance and training equipment, a stock of parts and armaments, as well as personnel training. On the other hand, in order to lower the bill, Warsaw agreed to waive the industrial compensation initially requested. It is interesting to note that the Polish acquisition tariff is 14% higher than that signed by Belgium, relating to 34 devices and related systems for € 3,8 billion. This very probably explains the reluctance of US industrialists to implement the industrial compensation promised in Brussels, which will probably never see the light of day.

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