One of the NATO countries, possessing Soviet-made fighters, Poland continues to be. Despite the growing spending of the Polish government on armaments from year to year, the country's aircraft fleet is still difficult to call modern. Among other things, the Polish Air Force is armed with Su-22M4 fighter-bombers - modernized versions of the Su-22.
It became known, that the Italian company Leonardo invites Poles to modernize their fleet, abandoning the further operation of the Soviet Su-22M4 in favor of products, produced by this company.
Representatives of the Italian company offered Poland to expand cooperation, namely, to purchase M-346FA combat aircraft from Leonardo. This is the combat version of the M-346 trainer., which have already been supplied to Poland by an Italian manufacturer.
M-346FA has a radar with AFAR, on-board electronic warfare system, capable of carrying various types of weapons, including air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles. Recently, to complete these aircraft, the Italian company has received from Israel optoelectronic systems of a new generation.. The complex includes sighting and navigation system Litening 5, as well as the container-type RecceLite reconnaissance system.
In total, it was proposed to replace 30 Su-22M4 units of the Polish Air Force with Italian light multipurpose aircraft M-346FA. So far, there has been no official response from Warsaw to this proposal.. Possible pricing has not yet been announced..
used photos:company “Dry”, Leonardo company