And Russia is going to flip.
Report: Poland Will be Getting the F-35. Here's Why That's Big News.
It looks like Poland will be getting the F-35.
The eastern European country and NATO member is skipping its usual competitive process in order to acquire the Lockheed Martin stealth fighter as early as 2024, according to Jacek Siminski at The Aviationist.
Mariusz Błaszczak, the head of the Polish defense ministry, in February 2019 signed the ministry’s Technical Modernization Plan outlining the country’s weapons priorities. “During the presentation of the plan Błaszczak suggested the procurement of 32 fifth-generation fighters is a priority,” Siminski wrote. “He was probably referring to acquisition of the F-35 -- no other true fifth-generation aircraft is currently available on the market.”
“The F-22 is no longer manufactured and acquiring the Su-57, even though Russia recently suggested that it would be offering it to foreign customers, is simply a ridiculous scenario no one even dares to consider, especially within the current geopolitical context,” Siminski pointed out.
Błaszczak and Polish president Andrzej Duda in April 2019 visited the Polish air force’s 1st Airlift Base in Warsaw, where Duda emphasized the need to replace the air force’s Soviet-made MiG-29s and Su-22s.
The Polish air force should operate the best aircraft in the world, Duda said during the visit. Błaszczak meanwhile called the the F-35 the “key to success.”