Poland plans to procure 32 Lockheed Martin F-35A jets, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Tuesday.
The news was broken with a tweet, something that is becoming increasingly common.
Myśliwce 5 generacji już na horyzoncie. Dziś wysłaliśmy zapytanie ofertowe (LOR) do naszych amerykańskich partnerów w sprawie zakupu 32 samolotów F35A wraz z pakietem logistycznym i szkoleniowym. Najwyższy czas zastąpić postsowiecki sprzęt najnowocześniejszymi myśliwcami!
— Mariusz Błaszczak (@mblaszczak) May 28, 2019
The tweet translates as follows:
“5th generation fighters already on the horizon. Today we have sent a request for quotation (LOR) to our US partners on the purchase of 32 aircraft F35A along with a logistics and training package. It is high time to replace the post-Soviet equipment with the most modern fighters!”
Poland, a country that currently meets NATO 2% spending targets, has been modernising its armed forces. Earlier in the year, the country signed a contract for four AW101 helicopters.
Poland had earlier signed a £77m agreement relating to the purchase of the AW101 military helicopters, however many had reported this news as a contract to purchase the aircraft. That was not the case.
As we reported at the time, the agreement, signed by Leonardo MW Ltd, in fact provided for establishing critical in-country maintenance capabilities and precedes a contract for the supply of AW101 military helicopters.
The signing of the ‘Offset Agreement’ preceded this contract for the supply of AW101 military helicopters.
Four AW101s and a comprehensive integrated logistics and training package will be supplied with PZL-Świdnik acting as prime contractor. Deliveries are to be completed by 2022 the fleet will perform Anti-Submarine Warfare and combat search and rescue missions.