The Polish Ministry of Nationwide Defence had confirmed that new South Korean supplied FA-50PL light-weight fighters will probably be deployed to Minsk Mazowiecki Air Base, offering the most recent of a number of indications that the plane will substitute Soviet-supplied MiG-29s at the moment primarily based there. Alongside orders for 32 F-35A fifth era fighters, that are anticipated to interchange Soviet Su-22 strike fighters in Polish service, the FA-50 will function a lighter complement and permit the Air Drive to transition to a totally NATO-compatible fleet. The donation of MiG-29s to the Ukrainian Air Drive, which has seen its personal MiGs take heavy losses for the reason that outbreak of warfare with Russia in February, has additionally been raised as a risk.
The MiG-29 variants operated by Poland are more and more thought-about out of date at present, with older engines, low composite airframe and a scarcity of phased array radars or lively radar guided missiles which new variants benefit from – amongst a number of different lacking options. The plane even have far larger operational prices than the FA-50, which is able to enable the Polish fleet to develop in numbers at a comparatively conservative expense. 48 FA-50 fighters are anticipated to interchange the 28 MiGs in service at present. The FA-50 has far superior avionics to the Nineteen Eighties plane, though its flight efficiency stays far inferior with even older MiG-29s being among the many most manoeuvrable fighters on the earth. Whether or not the brand new jets will probably be armed with past visible vary air to air missiles, which has been raised as a risk in South Korea previously, stays unsure. Poland has additionally selected Korean K2 tanks and K9 artillery items, that are each thought-about the most capable NATO-compatible weapons of their sort, to modernise its floor forces.