Did Poland buy F-35 fighter jets without any weapons?

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WARSAW, (BM) – Polish media disclose information about a deal with the United States for the supply of F-35 fighters. It may well turn out that Washington will supply the fifth generation fighters without weapons, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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Military observer Zbigniew Lentovic writes that the Polish Ministry of Defense is considering a contract for the purchase of 32 F-35 fighters for $ 4.6 billion. This is approximately 144 million dollars per combat unit.

The United States will receive this money not only for the aircrafts themselves. The amount includes:

  • training of Polish pilots – about 114 people;
  • creation of a training base;
  • supply of eight simulators;
  • operation of training equipment until 2030.

This fact and some other hints allowed the observer to assume that the contract is not so simple. Most likely, he reflects, the United States will give Poland virtually empty planes, that is, without weapons.

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Poles will have to buy separately. About how much the transaction will cost in this case is not said.

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