Poland Borrows Another $2B From US to Buy F-35s, Patriot Missiles

The US State Department has approved a second foreign military loan to Poland to clear the way for its planned procurement of F-35 fighter jets and other American defense systems.

Valued at $2 billion, the loan agreement is part of Warsaw’s ongoing military modernization effort to address rising threats in the region.

According to the announcement, the European nation will buy an undisclosed number of F-35 jets from Lockheed Martin on top of Patriot air defense missiles and Abrams main battle tanks.

Poland received its first military loan from the US, signed in September 2023, also for $2 billion.

Since it was clearly stipulated that the money should only be spent on US-made weapons, the country said it earmarked roughly half of the borrowed amount for the purchase of four aerostat-based early warning radar systems.

“Poland is a leader in NATO,” the department wrote, highlighting Warsaw’s contributions to Europe’s security interests. “[It is] currently spending four percent of GDP on defense, the highest in the alliance. Poland hosts thousands of US and allied forces.”

Preparing for Full-Scale Conflict?

Poland has apparently been one of the busiest NATO and European countries when it comes to bolstering its defenses.

It is among the nations most concerned by Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, apart from Kyiv, due to its proximity to the conflict.

Warsaw has so far sent more than 8 billion euros ($8.6 billion) in military aid to the war-torn nation and accepted the largest number of Ukrainian refugees.

This support has irked Moscow, with Russian President Vladimir Putin warning last year that his country “will use all means at its disposal” to defend its interests against Poland.

At a recent press conference, Polish Army Chief of Staff General Wieslaw Kukula said the country needs to prepare its soldiers for an all-out conflict amid the increasing tension in the region.

“Today, we need to prepare our forces for full-scale conflict, not an asymmetric-type conflict,” he said, adding that this will allow “us to find a good balance between the border mission and maintaining the intensity of training in the army.”

Earlier this year, a startling German intelligence report claimed that Moscow may launch an attack on a NATO member state by 2026.

Though no specific country was named, Poland is considered a likely target.

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