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 the Deblin air base, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak signed the order for 32 F35A combat aircraft with the American Lockheed-Martin, for an amount of $ 4,6 billion, or € 4,2 billion. The first aircraft will be delivered in 2024, and will be used to replace the Mig-29 and Su-22 inherited from the Warsaw Pact and still in service today in the Polish air forces. These will therefore ultimately have a strong air force of 48 F16 Block 52+ and 32 F35A.

The Polish order covers equipment, maintenance and training equipment, a stock of parts and armaments, as well as the training of personnel. 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 price is 14% higher than that signed by Belgium, relating to 34 linked devices and systems for € 3,8 billion. This most likely 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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