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Polish F-35A infrastructure may need more attention as F-16 upgrade looms

11th March 2021 - 17:52 GMT | by Michal Jarocki in Warsaw

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Further airbase upgrades may be needed to accommodate the F-35 in Poland, while plans are solidifying to enhance the country’s fleet of 48 F-16 aircraft.

The head of the Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND), Mariusz Blaszczak, announced last month that the first squadron of future Polish F-35A Lightning II aircraft will be stationed at the 32nd Tactical Air Base in Łask.

Meanwhile, the MND is preparing to launch an MLU for its fleet of 48 of F-16C/D Block 52+ multirole fighters.

Łask currently hosts one squadron of F-16C/Ds but there are no plans to move them — for now, at least.

‘Both an F-16 squadron and an F-35A squadron are planned to be deployed at the Łask AFB,’ an MND official explained to Shephard

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