F-35: A Dominant Capability For the 21st Century
Poland concluded its fighter acquisition program with the signing of a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) between the U.S. and Polish governments on Jan. 31, 2020, for 32 F-35A Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) variant jets with initial deliveries beginning in 2024 and in-country deliveries in 2026.
With the Polish government’s selection of the F-35A, Poland becomes the 14th nation and 10th NATO country to join the F-35 program of record. This selection, building off Lockheed Martin’s strong, proven track record in Poland, is a testament to the nation’s confidence in the F-35 to meet its national security decades to come.
As a trusted partner to the United States, Poland and NATO, we welcome President Duda during his visit to the U.S. Lockheed Martin and Poland have enjoyed an enduring relationship spanning more than two decades, and value this partnership in helping Poland become one of America’s most capable and trusted allies in Europe. Together with Poland, our defense systems including the F-35 stealth fighter, Black Hawk, HIMARS, Javelin and PAC-3 MSE missiles drive national security, economic growth, technological advancement and job opportunities. We look forward to our continued partnership with Poland as we work together to ensure a strong future for its national defence, industry and economy.
With unparalleled stealth, advanced sensors, supersonic speed, weapons capacity and increased range, the F-35 is the most advanced, survivable and connected fighter jet ever built.
With advanced threats in close proximity, Poland’s defense and security requires a low observable stealth aircraft to ensure survivability and mission effectiveness. The F-35’s unique mix of stealth and sensor technology will enable the Polish Air Force to covertly patrol, monitor and conduct surveillance without being detected.
The F-35 has an operational mission radius greater than 700 nautical miles in low observable configurations and internal fuel capacity of nearly 19,000 pounds. When the mission doesn't require low observability, the F-35 can carry more than 18,000 pounds of ordnance.
Additionally, Poland benefits from a planned modernization program that will be funded by the full F-35 enterprise and will continue to enhance the aircraft’s weapons capacity, electronic warfare suite, sensor capability and more.
The F-35 is the aircraft of choice for replacing heritage fleets and offers unmatched interoperability with NATO and other allied assets while ensuring the Polish Air Force’s role as a fully interoperable, integrated member of NATO and coalition operations.
The advanced sensors of the F-35 will enhance situational awareness for the entire Polish Armed Forces and strengthen Poland’s capability to fulfill their NATO Baltic air policing mission.
The current Polish F-16 pilots will benefit from having the F-35 join the Polish Air Force fleet and those who transition will benefit from common training, equipment and tactics with other NATO countries. There is also increased opportunity for joint training exercises, which we have seen demonstrated at Red Flag, Trident Juncture and more.
The F-35 will deliver a key discriminator for Poland and its Allies for decades to come.