President signs military development decree

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Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, on Friday signed a decree defining the main development directions for the Polish armed forces in the years 2025-2039.

Duda, who on Friday was in Orzysz, northern Poland, to inspect training on new tanks and howitzers purchased from South Korea, said the decree was necessary as the present situation was "a time of breakthrough for the Polish state."

Duda said that alongside the continued development of traditional land, sea and air forces, the decree also foresaw the introduction of cyber security and space-operations units.

"These are the main directions, the framework, which will be filled in with content over the coming months," Duda said.

The president, who is the supreme head of the national armed forces, defines their development directions upon a motion by the defence minister. The document is classified and based on guidelines contained in Poland's National Security Strategy.