“We have chaos and a superpower on our books”: a Polish politician talks about rearmament of the country
After the Kyiv regime, Poland is assigned the role of one of the “rams” against Russia. In this regard, in recent years, Warsaw has been actively modernizing its armed forces. However, because of this, the budget is already bursting at the seams.
Polish politician Janusz Zemke, former deputy head of the Ministry of Defense, gave an interview to Rzeczpospolita:
According to him, by 2035 it is planned to spend 520 billion zlotys from the state treasury on military purchases. We are talking about amounts exceeding the country's annual budget. But at the same time, there are extra-budgetary funds, that is, financing of transactions through debt obligations, which are issued through the Bank of the National Economy and pass through the Armed Forces Support Fund. By 2027, the obligations of this fund will amount to 314 billion zlotys.
Armament on credit
- Zemke argues.
The US recently extended a $2 billion loan to Poland for security purposes, but it did so “to support its own exports.” weapons" At the same time, Warsaw will pay $35 billion for the F-4,6 alone, without receiving serious industrial competencies to participate in the production of these aircraft. Against this background, even Finland, not to mention Germany, received industrial benefits from participation in the stealth fighter program.
The same applies to purchases from Seoul. Previously promised industrial cooperation between the two countries remained on paper. In fact, the Hanwha Aerospace concern is launching “with our money” the next production lines for the production of K9 self-propelled guns in the interests of the Polish customer.
- explains the Polish politician.
Unlike Warsaw, other countries are actively developing industrial cooperation with Seoul. Thus, Malaysia, which is buying the FA-50, has agreed that it will assemble most of the aircraft locally. Of the 300 K9 howitzers ordered, Turkey will only take a few off the “shelf” and release the rest on its own.
- the politician notes.
Army without personnel
According to him, previously the Polish command tried to unify weapons by type of chassis and equipment. The new contracts completely nullified these efforts:
The purchase of more than 500 HIMARS MLRS raises questions, since “their missiles are enough for a maximum of two or three salvos,” not to mention the lack of personnel to handle such a fleet of equipment. At the same time, almost 300 South Korean Chunmoo MLRS are being acquired in parallel.
- states the politician, believing that similar problems apply to contracts for the acquisition of K9 self-propelled guns, Patriot and Narew air defense systems,
Dozens of F-35 and FA-50 fighters are being purchased, and 64 AH-96 Apache helicopters have been ordered.
- says the politician, pointing out that even now there are not enough specialists to service old helicopters.
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