Poland’s fighter competition gathers pace

Poland’s Ministry of Defence has received applications from five organisations bidding for the provision of new fighter jets by 2025 under its Harpia programme.

The Typhoon is being offered by the Eurofighter consortium, led by Leonardo, comprising BAE Systems and Airbus. Saab is submitting its latest JAS 39E Gripen, already in production for Brazil and Sweden. US entrants include Boeing, with its F/A-18 Super Hornet, and Lockheed Martin, which is expected to offer both the F-35A Lightning II and its upgraded F-16V. Warsaw-based Fights On Logistics, a company that provided services in relation to Poland’s acquisition of 48 Block 52+ F-16C and F-16Ds, also applied to take part in the market analysis phase that precedes the planned tender.