Poland and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed a contract for the FA-50 just over ten months ago, and the first two aircraft have already been delivered to Polish authorities. Next month, they will be delivered to the Polish Air Force (PAF).
The first two FA-50GF light combat aircraft units arrived in Poland on July 9 in the quickest delivery time for KAI. After a final inspection at the Minsk Air Base and an acceptance flight, they will be handed over to the Polish Air Force in the first few days of August.
The delivery took place just one month after Poland's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Mariusz Baszczak attended the KAI's official roll-out or ceremonial departure of the aircraft on June 7.
The Polish Defense Minister told the media, “In September last year in Mińsk Mazowiecki, Poland, I had the pleasure and honor to approve the contract for the FA-50 light combat aircraft supply. The first units are already being delivered to Poland. This is an extremely important moment for the Air Force.”
This development is significant because the FA-50 from South Korea is becoming more and more popular around the world, especially among nations that prefer to purchase less expensive, light combat aircraft as opposed to more expensive, heavy combat aircraft.
The Ministry of National Defense of Poland signed two contracts in September 2022 to purchase 48 FA-50 light attack aircraft from South Korea. According to reports, the first 12 jets will be delivered in 2023, followed by another 36 planes between 2025 and 2028. According to this timeline, Warsaw will get ten more FA-50s before the year is out.
📌Poland and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed a contract for the FA-50 just over ten months ago, and the first two aircraft have already been delivered to Polish authorities.
— Defensehere (@defensehere_en) August 22, 2023