Poland buys 48 South Korean FA-50 fighters

Poland buys 48 South Korean FA-50 fighters

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland on Friday signed a deal with South Korea to buy 48 FA-50 fighters, another purchase to bolster its defense apparatus in the context of the new security situation created by the Ukraine conflict.

This deal is part of the PLN 65 billion (EUR 13.77 billion) cooperation agreement signed by the two countries in early 2022.

The FA-50s will replace the Polish MiG-29s, which have Soviet-era technology. The first 12 FA-50s will be delivered to the Polish military next year, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said.

“It will be a generational leap. The FA-50s are of the same generation as the F-16s, which will significantly strengthen the Polish Air Force,” Mariusz Blaszczak told a press conference.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Poland has been supplying Kyiv with arms and ammunition and has begun buying new equipment to modernize its armed forces and replace equipment handed over to Ukraine.

The country has decided to increase its defense budget from 2% to 3% of GDP from 2023 and aims for 5% in the long term.

(Report by Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska, French version by Lina Golovnya, edited by Sophie Louet)

Reference: www.challenges.fr

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