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Poland receives second Saab 340 AEW&C aircraft from Sweden

The two Saab 340 Erieye AEW&C aircraft for Poland are now in-country, ahead of entering operational service with the Polish Armed Forces. (Polish MND)

Poland has received the second of two Saab 340 Erieye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft contracted in 2023.

The Polish Armaments Agency (AA) made the announcement on 11 June, three months after the first aircraft arrived in-country in early March.

“We've got the set! Two Saab 340[s] in Poland. Acceptance, training, and implementation into combat work – this is their immediate future,” the AA posted to its official X (formerly Twitter) account.

The milestone came about nine months after the first aircraft was officially presented to then Polish Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak at an event at Saab's Linköping facility in southern Sweden on 29 September 2023.

In late July 2023 the AA signed a contract for the two aircraft it will use to protect Polish airspace and strengthen NATO's eastern flank. Although given Polish Air Force markings, the aircraft will be controlled by the Polish Navy, with crews drawn from both services.

The aircraft being provided to Poland are two recently retired airframes from the United Arab Emirates that had been stored in Sweden. Saab previously said the award is valued at approximately SEK600 million (USD58 million), and the contract period is 2023–25.

For more information on the Saab 340 Erieye, please seeErieye series airborne early warning and control radar .

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