F-35 pilots to start training next year - ministry

In January Poland bought 32 5th-generation F-35s from the US for USD 4.6 billion. Wojtek Jargiło/PAP

Polish pilots will begin training next year on the F-35, the stealth, multi-role combat aircraft due to enter service in the Polish air force in 2024, the defence minister announced on Thursday.

Mariusz Błaszczak told the TV Trwam Catholic broadcaster that the pilots will train on the aircraft purchased by Poland. In January Poland bought 32 5th-generation F-35s from the US for USD 4.6 billion.

Błaszczak also announced financial bonuses for Polish soldiers who aided lorry drivers stranded in Britain before Christmas after France introduced a two-day ban on vehicles entering the country form the UK.