Poland reveals plan to buy 48 FA-50 light fighter jets

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Poland plans to bargain 48 FA-50 airy combatant jets from the Republic of Korea (South Korea), according to Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak.

“We are funny successful purchasing 3 squadrons, that is 48 aircraft,” Blaszczak said. “The archetypal craft would beryllium delivered to Poland adjacent year.”

Speaking to the Defence24.pl website, Minister Błaszczak said that the determination to bargain instrumentality from South Korea was based connected the hardware’s effectiveness, velocity of transportation and benefits to the industry.

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He went connected to accent that the craft was based connected the F-16 technology, truthful the infrastructure Poland already has tin beryllium adapted seamlessly. He added that the FA-50 is an perfect craft to bid pilots to alert the F-16 and that they would request conscionable a fewer hours to accommodate to the latter.

The FA-50, known popularly arsenic “Fighting Eagle,” is simply a two-passenger, single-engine (GE-F404) airy combatant based connected Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50 trainer. The combat craft measures 13.14m successful length, 9.45m successful width, and 4.82m successful height. The bare value of the craft is 6.47t. It tin take-off with a maximum gross value of 12.3t.

FA-50 craft tin transportation a weapons load of up to 4.5t. The craft tin beryllium equipped with AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles, AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground tactical missiles (AGM), GBU-38/B Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM), CBU-105 Sensor Fused Weapon (SFW), Mk-82 Low Drag General Purpose (LDGP) bombs and Cluster Bomb Units (CBUs).

The craft is besides mounted with an internal, three-barrel 20mm Gatling weapon and LAU-3/A 19-tube 2.75″ rocket launcher for firing Folding-Fin Aerial Rockets (FFAR). The wide scope of limb systems aboard the FA-50 pitchy allows it to antagonistic aggregate threats successful today’s analyzable battlefield scenario.

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