Polish Deputy Defence Minister Bartosz Kownacki said that Poland is considering the purchase of new F-35s or F-16s to replace aircraft to be phased out of service.
“We must think of our further steps because, in addition to our F-16 aircraft, we have Su-22 and MiG-29 aircraft that will be phased out.
We must think of our next steps, what should be done in this field in a few years.
I can say that, regarding the F-16 and F-35 aircraft, there is an ongoing discussion on which one to select.”
It is understood that earlier plans for used F-16A/Bs was abandoned due to the costs related to upgrading the aircraft typically being higher than purchasing them new.
Poland currently operates over 40 F-16 Block 52+ aircraft.