Poles found out why they pay for the F-35 more than the Americans


Recently, Polish "patriots" often wonder why the F-35A Lightning II "invisible" fighters purchased from American "partners" turned out to be significantly more expensive than similar products supplied for the US military. The local online edition of Defense24 tried to figure out why NATO allies pay more.


The publication cites the Pentagon's official response, published in the American journal Aviation Week & Space Technology March 13, 2020. It explains why the Poles will pay a higher price for the newest fighter from the United States.

The cost of one F-35A unit for Warsaw was higher than for the US Air Force by 12%, i.e. $ 9,4 million (36,72 million zlotys). And this is despite the fact that Polish “invisibles” will be delivered from the 16th and 23rd parties, although they were set the price as for products from 14 lots (later batches are cheaper due to mass production).

At the same time, the Poles draw attention to the fact that due to the increase in production volumes, the cost of multifunctional "invisibles" should decrease, but it turned out the opposite. After that, the Poles decided to count the number of fighters of this type produced by the American corporation Lockheed Martin.

As a result, they found out that the corporation had already started mass production in the amount of more than 130 pieces per year. In 2020, more than 140 units should be produced. Moreover, it is planned that the maximum annual production of "invisible" will be 160-180 pieces.

Therefore, the final cost of the F-35A fighter should fall

- come to a logical conclusion in the Polish edition.

But why should Warsaw pay $ 9,4 million more per unit than the Americans? For 32 aircraft, this means a difference of $ 300 million!

- lament in Defense24.

According to the Pentagon, this is due to several factors. Firstly, the Poles pay for the mediation of the American government, which sold planes to Poland as part of the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program (a kind of rollback - ed.). This in itself means a premium of $ 5 million apiece (a total of $ 160 million). Secondly, the remaining $ 4,4 million is the result of projected US dollar inflation.

In addition, the F-35A for Poland will have slightly different equipment than the American. But these differences are actually more symbolic. For example, we are talking about additional equipment with a brake parachute. This pleasure, together with a special fairing, will cost Polish taxpayers only $ 61 thousand apiece.

Polyakov is comforted by the fact that their F-35A will be equipped with an on-board computer with Block 4 software, i.e. same as for the US Air Force.

It should be recalled that Poland ordered 32 fighter jets and 8 training simulators, including logistics and full technical service until 2030. The amount of the contract was $ 4,6 billion. But this amount does not include weapons and adaptation of ground infrastructure.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 19 March 2020 14: 21
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    Stupid question, an obvious answer.
    Who will sell something at cost?
    1. Kristallovich Offline
      Kristallovich (Ruslan) 19 March 2020 17: 22
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      And what, does the Pentagon buy at cost? Not. In general, the article describes how the difference developed.
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 20 March 2020 00: 10
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        So the difference in every way is and will be.
        Over the hill always (except for explicit policy) sell more expensive.
  2. King3214 Online
    King3214 (Sergius) 19 March 2020 17: 27
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    Because they are Poles.
    The Poles apparently forgot that it was the United States that wrote off their public debts after the collapse of the USSR. But one must not know the Americans in order to believe that they did it for free. The Poles will have to pay the entire "written off" debt, to the last cent, in one form or another. But you have to pay.
    And it is not a fact that “writing off" will cost Poland more profitably than honest repayment of its debts.
  3. Observer2014 Offline
    Observer2014 19 March 2020 18: 13
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    Gentlemen, the Poles, and the Israelis, too, and everyone who bought the F-35 ... The F-35 is part of an entire weapons system that will not be sold to anyone completely. Check out the article about the F-35.

    The United States showed how they are going to destroy the Russian "Topol-M"

    And buying one of the system, you do not get the whole system. This is how to buy the M-16. Arm your tramp and think that you are on par with the American army. laughing This also applies to Ukrainians. Thinking that having bought for a lot of money one of the parts of the weapons system, they will be able to rise to the American army. I'm talking about Javelins.
  4. Rus Offline
    Rus 21 March 2020 08: 03
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    No gas, no oil, but the planes are buying!))) And we ...