The contract for delivery of 32 F-35 Lightning II 5th generation multirole fighter aircraft was signed today at the premises of the 4th Training Aviation Wing in Deblin. The ceremony was presided by the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki and Minister of Defense, Mariusz Blaszczak. Contract’s value is $4,6 billion (£3,5 billion, Poland gives up on F-35 offset agreement, 2020-01-11).
Deliveries of the future Polish F-35s should commence in 2024-2025. During that period Poland will receive 6 aircraft, which initially will be kept in the U.S. for training of pilots and maintenance personnel. They will be transferred to Poland in 2025-2026.
In the future, Poland will receive 4-6 F-35 aircraft each year, up until 2030, when deliveries should conclude.
The future Polish F-35s will replace obsolete Su-22 bombers/fighters and MiG-29 fighters, which no longer meet the requirements of the modern battlefield, and supplement a fleet of 48 F-16C/D Block 52+ jets.