Polish President Andrzej Duda will begin his six-day visit to the United States with a White House meeting with US President Donald Trump. The two officials are expected to discuss an increased US military presence in Poland that Warsaw has been advocating for.
The defence ministry is looking to replace its current fourth-generation F-16 planes for 32 new fifth-generation F-35a jets from US defence firm Lockheed Martin.
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.
An agreement on the purchase of a division of HIMARS self-propelled rocket artillery will be signed on Wednesday, Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak announced on Sunday. The price for 20 launchers with ammunition is USD 414 million.
Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said after the end of his talks in Washington that "Poland is on a good path to succeed in its efforts to have a permanent US base."
Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak met with US Defence Secretary James Mattis in Washington on Tuesday to discuss Poland's proposal of a permanent US base in Poland. "The atmosphere is good," Błaszczak said after the meeting.
With the security situation to Poland’s east fragile, Warsaw has been calling for a permanent US military presence on its soil to deter potential aggression by Russia. America currently rotates troops in the country as part of NATO and bilateral deployments. Most of its European forces are stationed in Germany.
Security, including talks regarding the purchase of missile frigates, will be among the key subjects of Polish President Andrzej Duda's visit to Australia, PAP was told on Tuesday by the head of the National Security office (BBN), Paweł Soloch.
The direction that NATO is heading in is good for Poland's security, Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said on Wednesday morning before his departure for a NATO summit in Brussels.
Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak called General Władysław Sikorski one of Poland's heroes at Sunday observances of the 75th anniversary of the general's death in his birthplace Tuszów Narodowy in southeastern Poland.