Close to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Poland is evaluating the purchase of F-15EX Eagle II fighters, according to Boeing.
The information was revealed in early September during the MSPO event in Kielce, Poland. Details of the negotiation, such as the number of aircraft, prices and delivery schedule, however, have not yet been disclosed.
“Poland’s interest in the F-15EX confirms its dedication to the preparedness and effectiveness of its military forces,” said Tim Flood, senior director, Global Business Development for Europe and Americas. “The F-15EX offers superior interoperability, supportability and affordability along with a robust industry plan that would support Poland’s goal of developing independent defense capabilities.”
Although it has confirmed purchasing F-35A fighters from Lockheed Martin and FA-50 attack jets from Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI), Warsaw is seeking a high-capacity air superiority aircraft.
Commander of the Polish Air Force, Major General Ireneusz Nowak declared last year that the country should “have 160 combat aircraft”, or around 10 squadrons, suggesting that the F-15 could complement that inventory with 32 to 48 aircraft.
The Polish government would also look into other aircraft options such as the Eurofighter Typhoon and even a participation in KAI’s South Korean KF-21 Boramae program, which is currently in the process of testing and certification.
The first versions of the F-15 are currently operated in seven countries: the United States, Saudi Arabia, Japan, South Korea, Qatar, Singapore and Israel. Recently, Indonesia sealed a pre-agreement with Boeing to purchase up to 24 F-15EX series fighters.