Poland – F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft
(Source: Defense Security Cooperation Agency; issued Sept 11, 2019)
WASHINGTON --- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Poland of thirty-two (32) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft with support for an estimated cost of $6.5 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on September 10, 2019.

Poland has requested to buy thirty-two (32) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) Aircraft and thirty-three (33) Pratt & Whitney F-135 Engines.

Also included are
-- Electronic Warfare Systems;
-- Command, Control, Communications, Computer, and Intelligence/Communications, Navigational, and Identification (C4I/CNI);
-- Autonomic Logistics Global Support System (ALGS);
-- Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS);
-- Full Mission Trainer;
-- Weapons Employment Capability, and other Subsystems, Features, and Capabilities;
-- F-35 unique infrared flares;
-- reprogramming center;
-- F-35 Performance Based Logistics;
-- software development/integration;
-- aircraft ferry and tanker support;
-- support equipment; tools and test equipment; communications equipment; spares and repair parts; personnel training and training equipment; publications and technical documents; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, logistics, and personnel services; and other related elements of logistics and program support.

The estimated cost is $6.5 billion.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a NATO ally, which is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe. This sale is consistent with U.S. initiatives to provide key allies in the region with modern systems that will enhance interoperability with U.S. forces and increase security.

This proposed sale of F-35s will provide Poland with a credible defense capability to deter aggression in the region and ensure interoperability with U.S. forces. The proposed sale will augment Poland’s operational aircraft inventory and enhance its air-to-air and air-to-ground self-defense capability. The Polish Air Force’s legacy MiG-29 and Su-22 fleet will be replaced with F-35s. Poland will have no difficulty absorbing these aircraft into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this aircraft, systems and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractors will be Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, Texas; and Pratt &Whitney Military Engines in East Hartford, Connecticut. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. However, the purchaser typically requests offsets. Any offset agreements will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor(s).

Implementation of this proposed sale will require multiple trips to Poland involving U.S. Government and contractor representatives for technical reviews/support, program management and training over the life of the program. U.S. contractor representatives will be required in Poland to conduct Contractor Engineering Technical Services (CETS) and Autonomic Logistics and Global Support (ALGS) for after aircraft delivery.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

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The Purchase of F-35 Aircraft Is Getting Closer
(Source Polish Ministry of Defence; issued Sept. 11, 2019)
(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)
“The decision of the State Department approving the sale of 32 state-of-the-art F-35 aircraft to Poland means that we are closer to fulfilling this contract. This is the most important contract in history for the Polish Army, it marks the introduction of Polish air forces into a new era. This is the creation of new capabilities for the air force, which they did not have before,” said Mariusz Błaszczak, the Minister of National Defense.

On Wednesday, September 11, the State Department approved the sale of 32 F-35 aircraft to Poland.

As the head of the Ministry of National Defense emphasized, the procedure for the purchase of fifth-generation aircraft by Poland requires, among others, obtaining approval from the US Congress, which will ultimately approve the contract within a maximum of 15 days.

Minister Błaszczak informed that, as in the case of the purchase of the PATRIOT system, the price given today is the maximum price and negotiations on the costs of the contract are currently underway.

“The price that has already been provided by the State Department is the maximum price. A year ago, when we bought the PATRIOT system, the maximum price was USD 10.5 billion. In negotiations, we reached a price of less than USD 5 billion,” the Minister of National Defense added.

The head of the Ministry of National Defense pointed out that the purchase of aircraft is necessary to guarantee Poland's security and security in the region.

“We will order 32 aircraft. We need these planes because our fleet needs to be modernized. It is about withdrawing post-Soviet equipment, whose usefulness was artificially extended by ministers from the government of the PO-PSL coalition. (...) We have great, the best pilots in the world. They deserve to have the best equipment. (...)

“Poland joins this elite of countries that have the most modern planes providing security guarantees for our homeland and at the same time strengthening the eastern flank of NATO, because we operate on a supranational scale. These planes will be used to ensure safety in our part of Europe,” the minister said.

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In May this year Poland sent a request for proposal to the USA regarding the purchase of F-35 aircraft for the Polish air force. The purchase of fifth-generation aircraft is a priority in the Technical Modernization Plan.

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