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 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.