The US offered Poland to equip its F-35 with escort drones

The US offered Poland to equip its F-35 with escort drones

The Polish Cabinet of Ministers plans to purchase F-35 fighters from the United States. The country's air force also proposed to equip the aircraft with ATS escort drones, they will begin to perform auxiliary tasks.

The US offered Poland to equip its F-35 with escort drones

The fifth-generation F-35 multipurpose stealth fighter-bomber is produced by Lockheed Martin in three versions. In order to improve the capabilities of fighters, the Polish side was offered to equip the aircraft with long-range drones. Jack O'Banion, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works, told the media that the company is committed to developing partnerships. We are also talking about the creation of a UAV. Poland has expressed a desire to buy 32 F-35A fighters in the ground version and put them into service with the country's Air Force. There is also a variant of the F-35B with a short takeoff and a vertical landing, the deck version was named the F-35C.

The Polish Air Force is armed with MiG-29 fighters and Su-22 fighter-bombers, which were received from the Soviet Union in the 1980s. When they are replaced with American F-35 aircraft, they will be equipped with ATS drones, created under the Loyal Wingman program. Along with this, one of the Soviet-made MiG-23 fighters, which, among others, is in service with the Syrian Air Force, crashed while landing at a military air base in the province of Deir ez-Zor.

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