Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze nr 2 is to upgrade 16 MiG-29 jet fighters under an agreement with Poland Ministry of National Defence, the Armament Inspectorate has said.

The $44.5m contract includes 13 single-seat combat jets and three two-seat MiG-29UB-12 training aircraft.

The modernisation programme includes a new avionics refit for the aircraft, comprising of mission computers, Mil 1553 data bus systems and selective availability anti-spoofing module (SAASM) GPS modules.

DefenseNews also quoted the Armament Inspectorate as saying the new gear is to be delivered by an undisclosed US supplier.

The programme, which will increase the fleet compatibility with Polish Air Force F-16 fighters, is expected to enhance the aircraft combat capabilities and keep the jets operational until 2030.