Why is Poland suffering from defense bulimia?

For several months now, not a week has gone by without the Polish authorities announcing new arms contracts or new defense investments. Against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, over which Warsaw showed unparalleled support for Kyiv, and growing and repeated threats from Russian spokespersons against it and its neighbours, the authorities of the country undertook an effort without equal in Europe in order to transform the Polish armies, and to equip them with capacities which would make it, without the slightest doubt, the most powerful ground mechanized force in Europe. After announcing the...

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Poland to order 32 AW149 helicopters from Italian Leonardo

Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak announced after a meeting with President Duda and the Polish General Staff that Warsaw would order 32 AW149 medium helicopters from the Italian Leonardo, in 3 versions which will be assembled on site by the PZL Świdnik factory owned by the Italian aircraft manufacturer. Defense is obviously THE political ISSUE of the moment in Poland. Indeed, announcements concerning new programs or new investments have been multiplying at an almost daily rate for a few weeks, while Warsaw intends to make an unprecedented effort to modernize its armed forces, by increasing its defense effort at…

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Poland wants to go from 4 to 6 operational divisions in 2035

As part of the work on the "Model 2035" program aimed at modernizing and strengthening the Polish armies by 2035, the Polish Minister of Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, announced that the size of the country's Army would change from 4 divisions today, to 6 divisions in 2035, with a significant increase in manpower and staffing equipment. While Poland only has a GDP of €600 billion, a quarter of that of France, and a population of 38 million, barely 55% of the 68 million French people, the country has of a very large armed force, in…

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Poland continues to exclude European offers from its arms contracts

Since the cancellation of the Caracal helicopter contract announced in 2016 to turn to American-made helicopters, Warsaw has shown a very clear preference for American equipment, with the order of 2 anti-aircraft and anti-missile batteries Patriot PAC3 in 2018, 20 HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems, 185 Javelin anti-tank missiles and 32 F-35A fighter bombers in 2019, and more recently 250 M1A2 Abrams heavy tanks in 2021. In many cases, equivalent or even superior equipment of European invoice were proposed (Rafale/Typhoon/Gripen aircraft, MMP/EuroSpike missiles, SAMP/T Mamba system and Leopard 2A7 tanks), without being able to impose themselves against American offers.…

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Poland will apply "COVID" funding methods for the modernization of its armies

In many aspects, the postures of the Polish authorities, in particular vis-à-vis the European Union, are open to criticism, and moreover openly criticized. But there is one area in which Warsaw is exemplary in Europe, its determination to equip itself with sufficient military power to deter any adversary, in particular Russia, from excessive ambitions against them, and against its close neighbours. In this sense, Poland is increasingly replacing the role played by Bonne during the Cold War, when Federal Germany alone fielded more than 1000 F104 and F4 fighter planes and more than 2000 Leopard and M48 heavy tanks. Today, despite a GDP...

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Poland aligns with Germany in rejection of European strategic autonomy

To say that the Polish authorities are Atlanticists today is an understatement. Indeed, Warsaw has almost systematically favored the acquisition of American-designed defense equipment in recent years, while just as systematically ignoring the proposals of its European partners. During President Trump's mandate, the ties between Warsaw and Washington grew closer, to the point that the Polish authorities, in order to flatter the oversized ego of the American president, proposed to name "Fort Trump" the base where possible additional American troops on Polish soil. At the same time, the Polish authorities have always vigorously rejected European initiatives, and in particular French ones,…

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Lockheed plans to turn to Poland to lower price of F35

The exclusion of Turkey's F35 program, which had ordered 100 aircraft and ensured the manufacture of 5% of the parts, undermines the price reduction objectives for batches 14 and 15 presented a few months ago as the realization of the pricing strategy of the American stealth aircraft program. As we had already discussed, the American manufacturer is struggling to find manufacturers in the United States as in the other partner countries of the program, to replace these parts of Turkish origin which are very competitive in terms of price. To achieve this, Lockheed Martin would now consider turning to Warsaw, to benefit from prices of…

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

It's official. During a ceremony held on January 31 at Deblin Air Base, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak signed an order for 32 F35A combat aircraft from the American Lockheed-Martin, for an amount of $4,6 billion, i.e. €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 eventually have a strong air force of 48 F16 Block 52+ and 32 F35A. The Polish order includes covers…

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Poland ready to acquire 32 F-35 in unprecedented Defense effort by 2026

Are these questions of the balance of power at NATO level or struggles for influence within the Polish staffs, anyway, the Polish Minister of Defense, Mariusz Blaszczak, announced a new plan to modernize and strengthen the Polish armed forces replacing that of 2017, however already ambitious, with 45 billion euros which were to be invested by 2032. This time, it will be 43 billion euros which will be invested, but by 2026, i.e. a investment more than doubled from an annual point of view. This will allow Poland to jointly modernize its Navy, with the acquisition of new submarines (file in which Naval Group and TKMS clash...

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