Poland wants to buy 32 fighter-bombers F-35 American company Lockheed Martin. Its government has already sent the US a request for the cost of aircraft, as well as their delivery and training of pilots, said on Tuesday, the Polish defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak. “It’s time to replace the post-Soviet equipment with the most modern fighters,” he wrote on Twitter.
Poland is one of the few NATO countries to spend the required 2% of GDP on defense. After the annexation of Crimea to Russia in 2014, it accelerated the modernization of its armed forces, writes the Financial Times (FT). In May, she signed an agreement with the Italian Leonardo 380 million euros for the supply of four aw 101 helicopters.
Last year, Poland agreed to purchase patriot anti-aircraft missile systems from the US for $4.75 billion. This was the largest arms purchase transaction in the history of Poland. According to Blashchak, the country intends to spend about $48 billion on the modernization of the armed forces by 2026.
It is possible to buy the F-35 is evidence of the strengthening of relations of Poland with the defense industry in the US, the FT notes. In addition, Warsaw is negotiating with Washington to increase the presence of American troops in the country. The relevant agreement may be announced in June during the visit of Polish President Andrzej Duda to the United States.