Procurement: January 21, 2003

Archives

Poland's decision to buy American F-16 fighters has infuriated the French, who had backed Polish membership in the European Union in the expectation that they would get the fighter contract. The Poles ordered 48 F-16s to replace 85 ancient MiG-21s. The deal gives Lockheed Martin enough orders (356 of them) to keep the F-16 in production through 2008. The US government provided special financing to secure the deal and freeze out the European fighters from the contest. Even more infuriating to the Europeans is that Lockheed Martin is using this to pave the way for Poland to move into the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, as it gives the Poles a direct link to the industrial base that builds the new fighter. --Stephen V Cole

 


Article Archive

Procurement: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close