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The Polish army is getting better and better. “In terms of land forces, we will be at the forefront of NATO”

The Polish army is getting better and better.  “In terms of land forces, we will be at the forefront of NATO”

The Polish army is getting better and better. “In terms of land forces, we will be at the forefront of NATO”

Armament Agency spokesman summarized the activities in the field of technical modernization of the Polish Armed Forces in 2022.

“What has happened this year and the effects of all these concluded agreements will lead, together with the agreements from previous years, to a complete change in the face of the Polish army”

he said.

As he indicated, the implementation of these plans will mean a complete departure from “armament and combat systems that were a remnant of the army that was part of the Warsaw Pact and a full transition to a modern army, an army of the 21st century – fully compliant with the standards of the North Atlantic Alliance.”

Poland in the forefront of NATO?

Lt. Col. Płatek assessed that in the light of the agreements approved and announced this year, the Polish army will become “a regional leader, but not only – also one of the largest forces in Europe when it comes to defense potential.”

In terms of land forces, we will be at the forefront of NATO – of course there is the leader, the United States, then countries like Turkey and France, and basically us”

he said.

“In the domain of the air force, thanks to the F-35 aircraft, we will not deviate from the most modern NATO standard; The Navy, after obtaining the Swordfish frigates, will also enter this top group. (…) This year also brings a breakthrough in the space domain – we are entering space with our own abilities; two observation satellites will be delivered by 2027″

– said Lt. Col. Płatek.

The officer also pointed out that the equipment orders must correspond to the government’s plans to increase the size of the Polish army to a ceiling of 300,000. soldiers.

“The Polish army of the times of the Warsaw Pact reached 300,000 and was saturated with equipment, often modern for those times. the last call when a generational replacement of equipment should be made”

he stressed, pointing to for work on replacing post-Soviet T-72 tanks with American Abrams tanks and Korean K2 tanks, or replacing obsolete post-Soviet BWP-1 infantry fighting vehicles with Borsuk vehicles, which are currently being tested on training grounds.

“It’s also a matter of air defense: the former Newa, Kub, Osa systems … in the 1990s still fulfilled their role, but we are already in the 20s of the next century, and here the needs related to the progress that has taken place in missile technologies, are getting bigger”

– he said, drawing attention to the intensity of Russia’s attacks on Ukrainian territory with the use of cruise missiles.

“So this multi-layer defense must be based on the most modern sensors and effectors – I am talking about radars and so-called ‘anti-missiles’, where the Wisła systems will be equipped with the latest American PAC-3 MSE missiles; the Narew and Pilica+ systems are to be equipped with the latest British solutions or CAMM missiles and their development versions”

– emphasized the spokesman of the Armament Agency.

Lt. Col. Płatek also pointed out that the Russian invasion of Ukraine “confirmed the assumptions of the directions of modernization that were adopted a few years ago in the armed forces.

“In general, the key is the harmonious development of capabilities in all domains. On the example of anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense, we can see that the assumptions we made, the multi-layer system we are building, where a smooth exchange of information between individual elements takes place, were right”

he said.

A spokesman for the Armament Agency indicated that an organized and well-coordinated multi-layer missile defense system will allow for an adequate response to threats such as cruise missiles by selecting and using the anti-missile that will be the most effective and, at the same time, the most cost-effective.

“Tanks are not obsolete”

“Ukraine has also confirmed that the era of tanks has never really fallen. It is tanks and infantry fighting vehicles with the support of artillery and state-of-the-art solutions such as drones that determine success on the battlefield. Both sides use this type of equipment, both in the attack and in operations defensive”

the officer pointed out.

“There is no such thing, as it was often said by people even not connected with the military, that now only light infantry will count, which will have hand-held anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles. Unfortunately, this is not how it works – it must be the ‘heavy’ component, the army must be numerous. You cannot base the capabilities on a small army (…) Ukraine shows that the directions we have adopted are the right ones”

– he assessed.

Source: niezalezna.pl, PAP

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