US to present F-35 to Poland - USAF Secretary
The US Air Force will send a team to Poland to present its multi-purpose F-35 fighter, Warsaw-visiting Secretary of the United States Air Force Heather Wilson informed on Thursday.
Poland has voiced interest in purchasing the 5th-generation F-35 under a national military modernisation plan.
Wilson said the presentation team will arrive in Poland in May, and will be prepared to answer the Polish side's queries regarding the plane.
Wilson praised Poland for its serious attitude to defence, and reminded that Poland was one of the countries that met NATO's 2 percent GDP requirement regarding defence spending. She also assured that Poland was an important US ally, especially in face of mounting threats from Russia and China's innovation drive.
She also reminded that Poland was among three countries to join the US in its Afghanistan operation after the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks alongside Britain and Australia, and assured that the US did not forget such alliances.
Commenting on the presence of US forces in Poland, Wilson said over 4,000 US troops were rotationally stationed in Poland, and stressed that it was especially important to intensify Polish-US relations.
Last November, Poland's Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak ordained haste in purchasing F-35 fighter from the US in face of a series of accidents involving the Polish Air Force's outdated Russian-made MiG-29 machines, in which one pilot died.
In early April, the US Defence Department announced that the US government was considering selling F-35s to five countries, including Poland.