BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – Poland will likely be the next foreign country to purchase the U.S.-made F-35 stealth fighter, The Aviationist reported.
The NATO member, which is located west of Russia, is seeking to acquire the Lockheed Martin stealth fighter by 2024, Jacek Siminski at The Aviationist reported.
The Aviationist’s report coincides with the statement made by Polish Defense Minister, Mariusz Błaszczak, in February 2019. The Aviationist reported, “during the presentation of the plan Błaszczak suggested the procurement of 32 fifth-generation fighters is a priority,” adding “he was probably referring to acquisition of the F-35 — no other true fifth-generation aircraft is currently available on the market.”
“The F-22 is no longer manufactured and acquiring the Su-57, even though Russia recently suggested that it would be offering it to foreign customers, is simply a ridiculous scenario no one even dares to consider, especially within the current geopolitical context,” Siminski pointed out.
Should Poland acquire the F-35, it will likely be a major concern for their Russian neighbors, who have dealt with the expansion of NATO in eastern Europe.
Russia does have their own stealth fighter, the Su-57, which is set to join the foreign markets in the near future.
Several countries have already expressed interest in acquiring the Su-57, including world powers like China and India.