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    Poland bolsters its airpower with the acquisition of Boeing F-15EX Eagle II jets as part of its modernization efforts

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    Poland is set to significantly bolster its air superiority capabilities with the acquisition of two squadrons of the advanced Boeing F-15EX Eagle II fighter jets.

    Since the MSPO 2023 Defense Exhibition, Poland has engaged in negotiations with Boeing, focusing on a deal for 32 F-15EX Eagle II aircraft.

    The acquisition discussions, according to Rob Novotny of Boeing, have also centered on investment opportunities and industrial collaboration with Poland’s local defense industry, including WZL Nr 2 and the PGZ group (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa).

    The F-15EX, an advanced variant of a proven fighter line, boasts powerful F110-GE-129 engines, electronic flight controls, a state-of-the-art digital cockpit, and an AESA APG-82(V)1 radar.

    Its air-to-air capabilities, supported by an advanced electronic warfare suite, allow it to carry up to 12 air-to-air missiles, a formidable force in the skies.

    Poland’s air force modernization is viewed as critical, with General Ireneusz Nowak, the chief of staff of the Polish Air Force, previously noting the country’s need for ten fighter squadrons to adequately meet the present threat landscape.

    The current eight squadrons, constituted by F-16s, the incoming F-35As, and F/A-50s, signal Warsaw’s intent to expand its aerial combat capacities.

    The defense acquisition spree by Poland is not limited to fighter jets,it encompasses a range of military hardware.

    Including Abrams tanks, Apache combat helicopters, HIMARS rocket launchers from the United States, and assets like K2 tanks, Chunmoo rocket launchers, K9 self-propelled howitzers, and FA-50 combat aircraft from South Korea.

    Furthermore, Poland has invested in Swedish early warning aircraft, augmenting its defensive radar systems.

    The discussions about the F-15EX also come at a time when Poland considers multiple platforms for air superiority.

    The Eurofighter EF-2000/Typhoon and the South Korean KF-21 Boramae were also in contention.

    However, as Rob Novotny highlighted, the F-15EX is emerging as a preferred choice given its “proven design” and advanced capabilities.

    Novotny further emphasized Boeing’s openness to enhancing its supply chain and industrial base with Polish cooperation.

    Stating that technical support for the F-15EX and production of its components would be an attractive proposition for both parties.

    Relevant articles:
    Poland plans to acquire two squadrons of Boeing F-15EX Eagle II Fighter Jets , Army Recognition, 05/14/2024
    Poland Considers F-15EX for Air Superiority along with Eurofighter and KF-21, Frontier India, 05/14/2024

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