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MSPO 2019: New buys set to end pain of Polish fighter troubles

23rd August 2019 - 13:00 GMT | by Michal Jarocki in Warsaw


A series of past accidents, resulting in the loss of several MiG-29 fighter jets, have led the Polish MoD to conclude that further use of legacy, Soviet-era platforms, like MiGs and Su-22 bombers is risky and likely to lead to a gradual decrease of Polish Air Force operational capability.

Under that cloud, the decision has been taken to accelerate the launch of the long awaited Harpia programme, which calls for the procurement of a number of modern, fifth generation multirole fighter jets.

Initially announced in 2018 by Mariusz Blaszczak, head of the Polish MoD, Harpia includes the procurement of

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Michal Jarocki


Michal Jarocki

Michal Jarocki is a Shephard correspondent based in Warsaw, Poland. He is reporting on military …

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