Poland fears placing the F-35 at the Russian border

Poland decided not to deploy the fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighters at the base in Malbork, 80 km from the Kaliningrad region and in Minsk Mazowiecki, near the Belarusian border.

Poland has refused to deploy the latest fighters in the east of the country, as authorities fear that Russia will be able to study the radar and infrared properties. 

Therefore, the military leadership decided to place the F-35 in the west of the country, where it had previously been squadrons of Su-22.

According to the “Defense 24” website, these conclusions were reached on the basis of a tender published with the participation of the Polish Ministry of Defense to build and modernize the air base in Svedwin. 

The author of the article believes that in the future, the F-16 Fighting Falcon can be put there.

In January, Poland signed a contract to purchase 32 F-35 fighters worth $ 4.6 billion. 

The country’s air force is expected to start operating F-35 fighters in 2026, and the first aircraft under the contract will be produced in 2024.

The F-35 is to replace the Soviet-made MiG-29 and Su-22 fighters, which are still in service of the Polish Air Force.