Poland set to buy new U.S. fighter jets, expand American military forces within the European nation
Poland is looking to cozy up to the United States again with the potential purchase of F-35 Lightning IIs, upgrading its airpower and shedding its former Soviet-bloc image.
In all, 32 F-35’s would replace the long-in-the-tooth Soviet-era aircraft in Poland’s arsenal.
“Fifth-generation fighter jets are already on the horizon,” Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak wrote on Twitter. “It’s high time we replaced post-Soviet equipment with the most modern fighters.
According to the Financial Times, the move is just one in a series of steps Poland has taken to strengthen ties with the United States, which Poland also sees Russia as a credible threat.
In addition to aircraft, Poland is also trying to establish a permanent U.S. military footprint in the country, as it looks to greenlight American military installations.
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