Poland buys 32 US F-35 fighters for $ 4.6 billion
WARSAW, Poland – Poland on Friday signed a $ 4.6 billion deal with the United States to purchase 32 fighter as the European country seeks to strengthen its air defense on NATOthe eastern flank of Russia at a time of heightened Russian military activity.
Poland plans to take delivery of the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter plane between 2024 and 2030. It will be the 10th NATO member country to have F-35 fighters. The contract includes training, logistics and simulators.
The advanced fighters are to replace some of the Soviet-made MiG-29 jet fighters that the Polish Air Force still uses. Poland is the 10th NATO country to own F-35 fighters.
Opposition politicians criticize the cost of the contract as being too high and argued that the money could have been used to modernize the Polish Air Force in other ways.
President Andrzej Duda and US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher are expected to attend a contract signing ceremony at the Polish Air Force Academy in the town of Deblin.