Alexander Mladenov explains the upgraded Su-22 Fitter earmarked to continue in Polish Air Force service until 2025
SUKHOI Su-22 FITTER
The swing-wing Sukhoi Su-22 (NATO reporting name Fitter) serving with the Sily Powietrzne Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej or Air Force of the Republic of Poland is set to remain active for another eight years. The type is well supported by local industry: one of the main factors for its remarkable longevity in Polish service.
The Su-22 was the principal front-line jet for the strike role in Poland between 1985 and the late 2000s but its significance diminished soon after the newly delivered Lockheed Martin Block 52+ F-16 force achieved full combat-ready status. By that time, the Fitter force suffered a reduction in numbers and its pilots lost out on training opportunities for using guided weapons.