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Trump Administration Approves Sale of F-35 Fighters to Poland


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Wed, 11 Sep 2019 22:22 GMT

The US administration approved the sale of thirty-two F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Poland on Wednesday, September 11th, boosting the air capabilities of a key NATO ally, according to AFP.

The F-35s will expand Poland's air force and replace aged Russian-made MiG-29 and Su-22 jets, said a statement by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency. 

Using F-35s will enhance the country's interoperability with NATO, which is adopting F-35s for part of its members' fleets. 

"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 agency said. 

The two countries agreed on this planned sale in June during a visit to Washington by Polish President Andrzej Duda, when two of the advanced planes flew over the White House during Duda's visit to show off their moves. 

Trump, also in June, announced that he would send 1,000 more troops to Poland to counter Russia while staying below Poland's long-running hope for a permanent US military base. 

Around 5,000 US soldiers are already deployed along with NATO forces in Poland as part of a rotating pool, rather than a fixed base. 

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