The squadron was the second within the Polish Air Force to receive the Fighting Falcon. In 2007 the unit started to receive the first airframes . The squadron was disbanded in 2003 with the Mig-21 being retired. With the arrival of the brand-new airframes the squadron was reactivated at Lask AB. The unit is mainly tasked with an air defence role. With the order of the F-16, Poland also ordered a number of the Goodrich DB-110 reconnaissance pods. These are also assigned to 10 elt and therefore the unit has a dedicated recce role.
Although the build up of the F-16 was very smooth and the aircraft is by far the most modern in the Polis inventory, the F-16 was never operationally deployed till today. The international name for the F-16 is Fighting Falcon, but Poland is one of those countries who has dedicated a local name to it. It is known as 'Jastreb'.
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is seen here flying with the brand-new DB-110 reconnaissance system during a test flight on November 15th, 2006. [LMTAS photo]