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Poland bought F-35 fighters from the US

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Polish Minister of Defense Mariusz Blaszczak on Friday signed a $ 4.6 billion contract to buy 32 F-35A Lightning II fighters from the United States.

Poland in late May asked the United States to sell her 32 Lockheed Martin F-35A aircraft. Then the Minister of Defense of Poland stated that the Polish air forces needed to replace Soviet aircraft with more modern models.

A significant part of Poland’s defense spending will go to buy airplanes, which, according to NATO statistics, planned to spend $ 11.9 billion on defense in 2019, CNN previously noted.

Aircraft deliveries to Poland are planned for 2024.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday welcomed Poland’s decision to purchase F-35 fighters.

“Smart Solution Duda President and Prime Minister Moravsky on modernization of the Polish army to strengthen our partnership and to promote collective and self-defense”, – wrote Pompeo Twitter.

Renewal of the Polish Armed Forces

Poland in recent years has accelerated the work of modernizing its armed forces.

So, on March 28, 2018, Poland agreed to buy Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems from the United States for $ 4.75 billion, Radio Poland reported. This deal was the largest arms purchase in Polish history.

On April 26, 2019, Blaszczak signed a contract at the Polish company PZL-Świdnik in Swidnik for the supply of four heavy Leonardo Helicopters AW101 Merlin helicopters for the Polish air force. They will be used as anti-submarine and search and rescue. The amount of the contract is 380 million euros.

In June 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump and Polish leader Andrzej Duda signed a joint defense cooperation declaration, according to which Washington intends to deploy an MQ-9 reconnaissance drones squadron in Poland.

The United States also planned to expand its military presence in Poland, with approximately 4.5 thousand troops, by approximately 1 thousand troops.

It also provides for the construction of a military airfield “for training or in case of unforeseen circumstances” and the deployment of the headquarters of the US division and the US Special Operations Forces unit “to support air, ground and sea operations.”

In March 2019, it was reported that NATO intends to build a warehouse facility for American military equipment in Poland in two years. It is planned to direct $ 260 million for construction.

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