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Polish Air Force extends the life of Soviet technology to 2025 year

On August 28, the Polish Air Force celebrated its 94 anniversary of its formation.

In recent years, the Polish Air Force undertook measures for their reorganization, as a result of which the relevant structures were optimized. To date, they consist of three main components: air forces, air defense and radio engineering troops.

After the reorganization, the Air Force has four aviation wing: two tactical aviation, one transport and one training. These wings include air bases that act as support units.

Currently, the Polish Air Force has 112 combat aircraft. The most equipped are the three squadrons of the 2 th wing of tactical aviation, armed with 48 multi-purpose aircraft F-16C / D Block 52, acquired by Poland in 2006-2009. Together with the fighters, the AIM-9X Sidewinder, AIM-120C AMRAAM and aerial bombs were also delivered. To this it is worth adding that the airbases on which these aircraft are based have the most modern infrastructure and are the best bases on the European continent.

In addition, 32 MIG-29 and 32 SU-22, which are in service with the 1 wing of tactical aviation, continue to operate in Poland. Polish MIGs are widely used for combat duty in the interests of national air defense and are involved in the mission to protect the airspace of the Baltic countries. In the future, this type of fighter will be upgraded to NATO standards and will remain in service with the Air Force until at least 2025. Note that the first 16 aircraft have already been transferred to the aircraft repair plant number 2 in Bydgoszcz for the first phase of modernization work.

The situation is somewhat worse with the SU-22 strike aircraft that Poland purchased in the early 80s of the last century. These machines have almost exhausted their resources, and the decision to modernize them has not yet been made. According to the leadership of the Air Force, the withdrawal of the SU-22 from service will lead to the fact that the Polish air forces will lose their ability to deliver air strikes, and their intended replacement with drums of the UAV looks like an elusive perspective due to the lack of necessary funds and a small payload of aircraft data .

Meanwhile, the issue of acquiring medium-range UAVs intended for aerial reconnaissance and target designation is also being considered.

Significant changes took place in transport aviation. The AN-26 aircraft were withdrawn from the Air Force, and the C-130 Hercules and C-295М CASA transporters were purchased instead. The reason for these purchases was the need to strengthen the needs of the Polish Army in air transportation and the material support of Polish military contingents abroad, particularly in Afghanistan. However, the existing fleet of transport aircraft - five C-130 and 16 C-295M (11 machines are already in service and five will arrive before the end of 2013), yet does not fully meet the needs of the armed forces. In the future, the issue of acquiring two more A2018M or C-400 strategic aircraft after 17 is being considered.

In addition, there is an urgent need to replace the outdated training aircraft TS-11 "Iskra" with more advanced machines capable of training pilots for piloting not only MIG-29 and SU-22, but also F-16. Despite the fact that one tender for the purchase of this class of aircraft did not take place, the Air Force Command still plans to hold a second one at the beginning of 2013 and adopt new training machines.

To the other most developed and modern component of the Polish Air Force should include radio engineering troops. As a result of the restructuring, the forces and assets of these troops were consolidated into one 3 th Wroclaw Radio Engineering Brigade (consisting of four battalions). The basis of the troops is made up of radio engineering companies and Backbone long-range radar detection posts.

At present, three early warning posts equipped with NUR-12M Polish radars are on combat duty, and from 2013, the remaining three posts will take over, but with Italian RAT-31 radars. Work is also being carried out on the decommissioning of obsolete stations and the staging on duty of more modern radar NUR-15M. To this it is worth adding that after 2018, it is planned to put into service three-coordinate radars capable of operating in passive mode without external radiation.

And the weakest component of the Polish air force is air defense forces. According to Polish military experts, the current state of Poland’s air defense does not meet modern requirements. The Soviet-made anti-aircraft missile systems in service with the air defense forces are morally and technically outdated. These air defense systems are partially capable of repelling an air enemy attack (under certain conditions) and are completely useless in solving problems in the interests of antimissile defense. Add to this the acute shortage of anti-aircraft missiles themselves.

Although the improvement of the air defense system is highlighted in a separate direction in the development program of the armed forces for the 2013-2022 years, it is still necessary to doubt that these plans will be quickly implemented. New anti-aircraft missile systems are expensive, and their deployment will take from 10 to 15 years, provided sufficient funding. However, these billions, necessary for the improvement of air defense, still need to be found somewhere, and where, as yet, no one knows.

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  1. klimpopov
    klimpopov 13 September 2012 12: 17
    And where are the 1000 tanks and how many are there, 16 f-16 which will plow all of Russia ?? !!
    And the money is mute, but only the zilch remains. Poland is a chain dog in the west, and idle tales, the grandfather about such dogs said that it’s better to shoot so that neither you nor your neighbors are tormented.

    optimization of related structures

    Write in Russian - abbreviation.
    1. spender
      spender 13 September 2012 12: 21
      All the same, indeed, if a beggar, then sit and do not blather! And then, like in the Great Country and the Leader of the Fates of Europe, there can’t be a plug in every barrel, or even normal Air Force and Air Defense, however, according to the Air Defense there amers put their missile defense aerial objects there, but you won’t be able to see the Psheks there winked
      1. VAF
        VAF 13 September 2012 12: 59
        Quote: spender
        All the same, really

        Lesha ... +! And I have ... nostalgia ...... crying because I ... started on it. true to 2 ke. and this is already ... 4 matches !!! good

        And by the way, to the author .... our Allies under the Warsaw Treaty began to receive Su-17M4 only in the late 80s, and not in the beginning! wink

        At first we ... switched to troika from 1977, and then in 1981 we got the first ... 4-ku! fellow

        1. Bismark
          Bismark 13 September 2012 21: 39
          Yes there was a time! There is something to remember.
      2. 53-Sciborskiy
        53-Sciborskiy 13 September 2012 18: 57
        Europe’s dissatisfaction was also caused by strategic economic decisions adopted by Poland in favor of the United States. Warsaw, following Washington’s “good advice”, bought two squadrons of American F-16 fighter interceptors and a Boeing party, but refused Eurofighter and Airbus.

        The idea of ​​the Poles was that by investing about $ 8 billion in the F-16 alone, they will gain full confidence from the American establishment and the business community. As a result, enormous investments will come to the Vistula from the USA, and the backyards of Europe, which Poland has always remained, will turn into a European “tiger” or “dragon”. The ruling circles of Poland, the country was already conceived as an economic and political hegemon in Central and Eastern Europe, teaching neighbors with whom to be friends and how to live in general.
    2. Wedmak
      Wedmak 13 September 2012 12: 22
      Quote: klimpopov
      And where are the 1000 tanks and how many are there, 16 f-16 which will plow all of Russia ?? !!

      This is their strategic reserve!
      1. Alexander Romanov
        Alexander Romanov 13 September 2012 12: 44
        Quote: Wedmak

        This is their strategic reserve!

        This reserve on their paper laughing The country has no prospects for economic growth; soon all this equipment will be sold.
        1. klimpopov
          klimpopov 13 September 2012 12: 49
          Greetings to Alexander.
          Well, we also have a lot of things on paper, and we extend the resource ... In Soviet / Russian technology, I have no doubt, but Poland, as always, is first farting .. and towards Russia and then it took up its head ...
          1. Alexander Romanov
            Alexander Romanov 13 September 2012 13: 10
            Quote: klimpopov
            Hi Klim, Well, we also have a lot of things on paper, and we extend the resource ..

            This is because the first Russian misfortune firmly settled in the offices of the Moscow Region.
    3. Trailer
      Trailer 13 September 2012 13: 11
      Where, where, where we have it. in 2020 or 2025 years. The power of the Polish Air Force is evidenced by the fact that, during his last flight, the late president, along with all the generals of the country, was guarded in one plane by only one maize.
  2. mongoose
    mongoose 13 September 2012 12: 18
    no, right now, they attribute everything, the crisis is not an aunt
  3. SSR
    SSR 13 September 2012 12: 28
    but zheks have more GDP per capita))))
    To be honest .. long ago stopped laughing at the Poles ..
    they have a real inferiority complex ..
    all whine something cry all measured by something, all the past teasing ...
    they need to be treated.
    1. Alexey Prikazchikov
      Alexey Prikazchikov 13 September 2012 12: 43
      Already not, according to the IMF for 2011. By mid-January, a new rating will be released so we'll see. Maybe we’ll even leave for the gap. Plus, they had a big drop; this, too, must be taken into account. And we have an approximate growth for the first quarter was 5,6%. So we'll see after the month of December. And after Euro 2012, they are like some Ukrainians in debt like silk. The funny thing is that the Greeks in 2004 also decided to show off and held the Olympics. How it ended in 2008, everyone remembers.
      1. Fox
        Fox 13 September 2012 13: 18
        These ratings have been given to you! What does this personally give you? Who makes them?
      2. SSR
        SSR 13 September 2012 13: 27
        are you right ..
        I'd like to see the results of the year ..
        what kind of alignment will give out.
      SASCHAmIXEEW 13 September 2012 13: 21
      It’s for sure, it’s necessary to be treated, and it’s a matter of heaven, although I tell you from ordinary soldiers, they came to us in Ashuluk to shoot, everything is in order, this is a complex for the sirs, it’s necessary to hide them in the fool, and he’s people everywhere for rulers, meat is the same for us
    3. 53-Sciborskiy
      53-Sciborskiy 13 September 2012 19: 02
      Quote: SSR
      but zheks have more GDP per capita))))
      Under the USSR, the external debt of Poland was 21 billion. dollars, now, thanks to the care of an overseas friend, has exceeded one hundred American green rubles.
  4. Isk1984
    Isk1984 13 September 2012 12: 29
    You are looking one-sidedly at the news, that's what I saw ... even the Poles extend the resource to good Soviet technology, while we write off everything ....
    1. klimpopov
      klimpopov 13 September 2012 12: 32
      They do it out of hopelessness, because for no reason the Americans will give them anything ... And ours?
      1. 53-Sciborskiy
        53-Sciborskiy 13 September 2012 19: 06
        Quote: klimpopov
        it’s just that the Americans will not give them anything.
        In old Europe, Poland is considered America's "Trojan Horse".
    2. Senzey
      Senzey 13 September 2012 12: 47
      Our technology extends the life by 10 times until it begins to crumble, or holes from rust appear. I know aircraft operated for over 40 years.
  5. mar.tira
    mar.tira 13 September 2012 12: 31
    This country doesn’t even deserve old Soviet equipment. As a political prostitute, she wants to sell herself wherever it is better. She can’t call anything but contempt. Now they will go to us without a twinge of conscience to ask for modernization, cheaper. Or they will sell our Slavic brotherhood to the Americans again, with new attacks to Russia for a couple of other wrecked American planes.
    1. strannik595
      strannik595 13 September 2012 12: 47
      the Slavic brotherhood we have only with Belarusians, the rest Slavs have already forgotten what this word means ........ unfortunately
  6. bubla5
    bubla5 13 September 2012 12: 40
    In vain, you sarcastically, there NATO experts looked at all the military equipment and they hardly extended the operation of the aircraft, which means the resource of twinks and the truth is
    1. Wedmak
      Wedmak 13 September 2012 12: 43
      Nobody in Mig just does not doubt. They ask, where did the armada from the 16 F-16 go, which was recently promised to kill all of the Russian air defense and air forces?
      1. klimpopov
        klimpopov 13 September 2012 12: 46
        In the question this is exactly what he posed. +
        SASCHAmIXEEW 13 September 2012 13: 25
        When promised, I wonder, enlighten !?
        1. Wedmak
          Wedmak 13 September 2012 13: 34
          here with ...

  7. Alexey Prikazchikov
    Alexey Prikazchikov 13 September 2012 12: 48
    I don’t know the people, you can throw me with sledge rags, but Su 22 as a stormtrooper is much better than Su 25. The second one is superior in booking. You can throw everything))))
    1. klimpopov
      klimpopov 13 September 2012 12: 51
      Yes, why throw it, and even such things. 25 is a very tenacious machine, plus the speed is very well suited for its tasks ... IMHO
    2. Wedmak
      Wedmak 13 September 2012 12: 52
      Which side is it better on?
    3. VAF
      VAF 13 September 2012 13: 16
      Quote: Alexey Prikazchikov
      I don’t know the people, you can throw me with sledge rags, but Su 22 as a stormtrooper is much better than Su 25

      Alexey. I will not cast, because airplanes .. ABSOLUTELY different and designed for completely different tasks !!!! +!

      Do not confuse the tasks of IBA and SHA, +! soldier

      And behind the .. river ... The Rook proved to be much better than the Su-17th ... for a whole series of reasons ... request

      can you believe me .... on the word wink !!! +! drinks

  8. NickitaDembelnulsa
    NickitaDembelnulsa 13 September 2012 12: 57
    Looks like from a budget wallet, the last mole flew ....
  9. подводник
    подводник 13 September 2012 13: 02
    Thanks to Nikolai Astrovsky for a very interesting and informative material
  10. JonnyT
    JonnyT 13 September 2012 13: 03
    Where to go, then no money. They scold everything Russian, but they themselves are covered by our technology. No Fe-16 will live so many years!
  11. Sasha 19871987
    Sasha 19871987 13 September 2012 13: 56
    although we are relatives with the Poles, but they turned away from us ... they didn’t rest against anyone ....
    1. iulai
      iulai 13 September 2012 16: 34
      when were the Poles with the Russians relatives? read a story at your leisure.
      1. Al_miller
        Al_miller 13 September 2012 17: 46
        Is always! Poles and Russians have always been and remain relatives! For they come from one Slavic root. And in history at your leisure you can only read that Russia adopted Orthodoxy, and Poland converted to Catholicism. Hence the enmity. Religion is the main weapon of politics. Perfectly allows you to rule the world according to the principle of "divide and conquer". The best examples are Jews and Arabs. Genetically, one people, in fact, are irreconcilable enemies.
  12. Al_miller
    Al_miller 13 September 2012 17: 59
    Question to the site administration. Who and for what purpose changed the Russian flag into Icelandic in my account. Yes, for a long time I did not comment on the events on this resource. But this does not give anyone the right to deprive me of Russian citizenship. Especially assign the first thing that comes across. I am outraged !!! To say the least! ................