Poland’s first FA-50 light fighter was unveiled this Friday, 10, by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). The Polish Air Force had signed an agreement in September 2022 to receive 48 of these supersonic jets, which will be used alongside the F-35s to replace its MiG-29s.
The first aircraft was originally manufactured for delivery to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), which explains the completion in just six months.
Poland will receive the first 12 FA-50GF (Gap Filler) fighters at the beginning of the second half of the year, through a US$ 705 million contract.
The 36 FA-50PL, manufactured specifically for the Polish Air Force, will be delivered between 2025 and 2028 – they will cost US$ 2.3 billion, including spare parts, support and simulators.
The first pilots of the Polish Air Force are already undergoing training in South Korea. The FA-50s will be based at Minsk Mazowiecki Air Base.
Contract with Malaysia
Developed with the help of Lockheed Martin, the FA-50 and its T-50 trainer version exhibit similarities with the F-16, but the engine used is the GE F404, which equips the F/A-18.
Ordered by the ROKAF, the Golden Eagle entered service in 2014. A few weeks ago, KAI closed a new deal to supply 18 FA-50 fighters to Malaysia.