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Logic stacks up against Italian option for Polish MiG-29 replacement

4th May 2022 - 12:38 GMT | by Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo in Milan


A Polish Air Force maintenance technician looks on as an F-16 Fighting Falcon prepares for a mission in 2017 as part of the 60-nation coalition force supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in the fight against ISIS. (Photo: USAF/Master Sgt Benjamin Wilson)

Poland is looking for a stopgap multirole fighter solution as it aims to transfer its MiG-29s to Ukraine — but a proposed sale by Italy of Eurofighter Typhoons may not be the answer.

After an unsuccessful attempt to secure second-hand F-16s from the US to facilitate the transfer of MiG-29s to Ukraine, Poland has been eyeing Eurofighter Typhoons from Italy as an alternative backfill option.

Back in 2018, when Poland launched the Harpia programme to acquire 32 new multirole fighters, one of the companies to have expressed an interest was Leonardo. The acquisition process was delayed due to funding restrictions and the COVID-19 pandemic, and when Warsaw did eventually select the Lockheed Martin F-35A, it sparked controversy as the deal was not a competitive procurement procedure.

After the US in early March

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Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo


Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo

Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo is a freelance security and defense reporter based in Milan, Italy. She covers …

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