Even if they are ready to, Polish Air Force F-16s will not be involved in the Air War in Syria

Sep 04 2013 - 4 Comments
By Jacek Siminski

According to the stance of the Polish Ministry of Defence the Polish Air Force F-16 Block 52+s could be ready to take part in an eventual operation in Syria. But, according to a statement of the Prime Minister, they won’t.

The ‘Jastrząb’ (Polish name for the F-16) Aviation Component achieved the combat ready status back in September 2011. It was achieved under a strict surveilance of 123 NATO Command inspectors.

The combat readiness means that the Polish Viper pilots are fully capable of taking part in any operations involving the NATO forces.

According to MoD the capability is constantly prolonged.

The readiness is verified in the course of the exercises, such as this year’s Raróg-13 exercise. Even now five of Polish F-16 are taking part in NATO Response Forces exercise in Norway.

Nonetheless detailed information about combat readiness of the Polish F-16s is classified, according to the MoD.

What is more it is still not clear whether the Vipers have AIDEWS (Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite) pods, that are crucial in a dense SAM environment.

Anyway, in spite of the Polish capabilities and rumors among analysts, the Polish PM has officially stated he does not expect a Polish involvement in Syria: the F-16s will have to wait for a real combat evaluation.

Thanks to Konrad Muzyka for heads-up.

Jacek Siminski for TheAviationist

 

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  • tony

    TheAviationist features too much PoLAF…

    • cencio4

      I actually consider it an added value. There are not so many websites featuring the PolAF in English…

    • Jacek Siminski

      The thing is – I am the guy responsible for the increase in PolAF coverage here – that I try to select the most interesting issues. You don’t get each and every news on the Polish aviation here, as it would be overwhelming. I select only the most interesting material.

  • joe tusgadaro

    And most other military aviation sites don’t feature it enough…..