You're saying Poland should store its entire air force with zee Germans on a permanent basis? I can think of a couple historical reasons why they wouldn't be keen to do that. Or rely on any foreign power at all, really. But it does seem like they would benefit from a very robust hardening and decoy program along with a rapid dispersal plan in times of conflict and tension. I've never looked at their airbases but I presume they are ex Soviet era and probably came fairly hardened after the WP breakup. They also might invest in whatever the US builds to replace ATACMS. It wouldn't have the range or speed of Iskander but it would allow for a persistent mobile response to targets near their border. Both contract competitors indicate they can extend the range requirement now that INF is gone; initial testing is due I think in January.
No, im saying in time of crisis they can park at least some of the fleet in Germany and Denmark. Its nothing more than dispersal, and they wouldnt have to move the entire fleet abroad. Just enough to ensure its not all destroyed.
Hardening isnt going to do anything. As long ago as the 1980's the Soviets were experimenting with terminally guided Scud missiles. Ive no idea of the accuracy of Kalibr, but a HAS wouldnt do anything for them.
Just pointing out, its not specifying what variant. I could see buying B models might be a good idea here. Its not as if there is much in the way of airbases in Northeast Poland anyway.
"Poland has requested to buy thirty-two (32) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) Aircraft and thirty-three (33) Pratt & Whitney F-135 Engines."
Oh, is that in there? Im sorry, I must have missed that.