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#3377 Polish Air Force - Sukhoi Su-22M4 Fitter (3920)

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Sukhoi Su-22M4 Fitter (3920) from the Polish Air Force at the KeeBee Spottersday, Kleine-Brogel (Belgium)

As of 2014 the Polish Air Force decided to extend the operational life of 18 out of the 32 Su-22s. 12 Su-22M4 single-seaters and 6 Su-22M3K two-seat trainers will remain in active service and being refurbished. All of the Polish Su-22s are stationed in Świdwin, at the 21st Air Base.
When it comes to the Su-22 airframes that are not going to be refurbished, the last one is to be withdrawn in 2018. The pilots flying the Fitters claim that despite their age, the airframes are still very reliable. The Polish Air Force consider the Su-22 easier to maintain and repair than the other main combat aircraft types currently in Polish service (mainly the MiG-29 and the F-16). They also suffer from fewer malfunctions and other problems
(high, 70–75% non-error index). It is also the only plane in Polish inventory equipped for electronic intelligence, warfare, and support of ground systems. The Polish Air Force has retained a large stockpile of air-to-ground weapons for use with the Su-22. By some estimates, the cost of destroying these resources would be higher than the projected cost of continuing Su-22 operations.

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