The Polish Air Force is a mix of local- and foreign-born aircraft types with its centerpiece currently being the American F-16 Fighting Falcon.
POWER INDEX SCORE
(Ranked 35 of 53)
The Polish Air Force fleet moves ever-closer to fielding an aging fleet of aircraft with only a few areas being addressed in the short-term. The fighter fleet consists of a mix of West and East in which the headliner is the American Lockheed (General Dynamics) F-16 'Fighting Falcon' lightweight multirole type but these are represented by aging C-models. Similarly, the Mikoyan MiG-29 stock are A-models of the series. Some firepower is gained through the 30+ Sukhoi Su-22 fighter-bombers kept on hand but this is a design rooted in Cold War thinking, the prototype first-flying in mid-1966. The fighter fleet makes up 32% of all strength.
Training is given much attention in the force and over 36% is dedicated to such types covering the usual gamut of fighter, helicopter, advanced, and basic training types. Additional Italian M-346 Advanced Jet Trainers are on order. The transport force encompasses 16% of all strength with no heavy-haulers to be had. Instead the service makes due with utility and tactical types of both foreign and domestic origination. The rotorcraft force is 15% of all strength and in need of modernzation - the stable made up of the local W-3 backed by a usable force of Soviet-era Mi-2 and Mi8/17 platforms.
September 2019 - The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of 32 x F-35A strike fighters to the nation of Poland.NOTES: The WDMMA.org Power Index (PwrIndx) score looks at various qualities of an individual air power (or service branch). While total aircraft certainly influences the rating, aircraft variety (force balance) also plays a key role in determining an air service's placement on the list. Other focused qualities include local industry (aerospace-related) capability, future outlook, and current/recent combat experience. All this is worked into a formula which provides an analytical approach to resolving a force's fighting state in the modern world. This approach to fighting strength is highly theoretical and does not take into account a nation's available manpower or resolve in the face of conflict nor does it involve land and naval fighting strength. The top achievable PwrIndx score belongs to the United States Air Force with its rating of 242.9. As of now, UAV systems are not taken into account due to reporting differences between publicly-available sources (these will be integrated as some point). Navy aviation branches do not take into account the fighting capacity of naval ships.
145 Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
203 Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
218 Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
232 Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.