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Head of the Ministry of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak: the first two FA-50 aircraft are already in Poland

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The head of the Ministry of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak announced that the first two South Korean FA-50 aircraft for the Polish army are already in Poland. As he wrote on Twitter, the ordered machines will “strengthen the potential of the Air Force”.

“The first two FA-50 aircraft for the Polish Army are already in Poland! Light combat aircraft ordered from South Korea, which replace post-Soviet equipment, will strengthen the potential of the Air Force,” Błaszczak said on Twitter.

Poland ordered 48 copies of this training and combat aircraft. The contract for their supply was approved in September last year.

FA-50 training and combat aircraft

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The FA-50 Fighting Eagle is a South Korean light two-seater combat aircraft. According to the Armament Agency, its basic armament is a 20 mm cannon and a wide range of airborne armament, including AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missiles, as well as several types of aerial bombs of various types.

FA-50 Fighting EaglePAP

It is powered by a 17,700 lb (79 kN) turbofan engine with afterburner. The maximum speed is Mach 1.5 (1837.5 km/h). The operational range of the aircraft is 1,800 km, and its maximum ceiling is 14.6 km. The curb weight of the aircraft is 6.47 t, with a maximum take-off weight of 12.3 t, which allows it to carry armament weighing up to 4.5 t.

Public presentation of the FA-50 in South KoreaCpl. Wojciech Król/CO MON

Main photo source: Twitter/Mariusz Blaszczak

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