Poland getting 32 new F-35s after DoD approves $6.5 billion sale
The U.S. State Department has given Lockheed-Martin the green light to sell 32 brand-new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Poland as part of a $6.5 billion order.
The sale comes as no surprise to many, as post-Cold War Poland has consistently proven itself to be a reliable ally of the United States and NATO, despite sharing borders with countries such as Belarus and Russia.
“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a NATO ally, which is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe,” the Defense Department said in a statement. “This proposed sale of F-35s will provide Poland with a credible defense capability to deter aggression in the region and ensure interoperability with U.S. forces.”
The deal will be beneficial to Lockheed-Martin, who suffered after an order of 100 F-35 jets to Turkey was cut short due to Turkish dealings with Russia.
According to The Washington Post, the F-35 factories are ramping up production, which will bring the aircraft’s price down.
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