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The American C130 Hercules delivered to Poland from March

(B2) The first of five C-130 Hercules delivered by the United States is due to arrive in Poland on March 24, on the powidz airbase. This time it's sure, at least what the press officer of the 3rd Wings (the 3rd air transport brigade) promises, Agnieszka Kozińska, who started taking registrations for the welcoming ceremony. The modernized American planes were due to arrive at the end of 2008. But the
date has been postponed several times. A related delay
to the renovation and modernization of machines, in particular to repair the wings, equip the avionics, GPS, etc. Just like that! even for old planes, delays are the rule…

The Poles also refused certain additional improvements, proposed by the Americans, such as a more powerful engine and various improvements, because this would have further delayed the delivery of materials. Delivery will last until September.

Part of the contract ($98,4 million) is paid for by the United States as part of of the foreign military financing program “Foreign Military Financing”. The necessary infrastructure costs amount to $766 million, part of the adaptation of the Powidz air base is financed within the framework of the NATO Security Investment Program (NSIP – NATO Security Investment Program ). NB: This program – worth more than 2 billion zlotys – was undertaken to modernize Polish military bases: the two ports of Gdynia (Gandsk Bay) and Świnoujście (Szczecin Bay), the 7 air bases (Malbork, Krzesiny, Powidz, Świdwin, Mińsk Mazowiecki, Mirosławiec and Łask), 5 fuel depots (Gardeja, Cybowo, Porażyn, Puszcza Mariańska and Wędrzyn) as well as 4 air defense command posts (Warsaw,
Krakow, Poznan, Bydgoszcz).


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).