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State Department approves Polandís $6.5 billion F-35 fighter jet order
washington post ^ | September 11 | Aaron Gregg

Posted on 09/11/2019 5:18:36 PM PDT by BenLurkin

Lockheed Martin has received State Department approval to sell 32 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to the Polish military in an estimated $6.5 billion order, the Pentagon announced Wednesday.

The pending sale is part of an expanded military partnership between the United States and Poland, a NATO ally that hosts a substantial U.S. troop presence designed to deter Russia. The deal should allow the U.S.-made fighter jets to gradually replace Poland’s fleet of Mikoyan MiG-29 and Sukhoi Su-22 jets, both Russian-made.

It should help Lockheed compensate for a recent U.S. decision to cancel planned deliveries of 100 F-35 jets to Turkey.

And it comes at a time when the F-35 program is ramping up production, with the Defense Department pursuing larger deals in a bid to bring the plane’s unit price down. The company delivered 29 of them in the most recent quarter.

In early June, the Defense Department and Lockheed Martin announced a tentative agreement to procure 470 new F-35s for the Air Force, Navy, Marines and allied militaries. The $34 billion deal is “the largest procurement in the history of the [Defense] Department,”

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: f35; lockheedmartin; poland; russiasucks

1 posted on 09/11/2019 5:18:36 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

I have no idea if there still is but at one time there was a hundred of them at Eglin.


2 posted on 09/11/2019 5:21:51 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: BenLurkin

It is my opinion we should pull all of our troops from Germany and relocate them to Poland. Poland has said they will build the bases needed to host our troops and, have invited us there with open arms.


3 posted on 09/11/2019 5:29:14 PM PDT by ocrp1982 (Lurking since the late 90's. Recently retired. No tagline yet.)
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To: ocrp1982

Seems that returning our forces completely from Europe would be prudent. It’s been 70+ years.


4 posted on 09/11/2019 5:30:56 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: ocrp1982

And Poland isn’t overrun with “Asians”.


5 posted on 09/11/2019 5:37:20 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Everyone who favors socialism plans on the government taking other people's money, not theirs.)
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To: BenLurkin

I say we pull out of Krautland, then the next time the Russkies and Krauts want to party like it’s 1939, we’ll help Poland kick both their asses.


6 posted on 09/11/2019 5:48:10 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople
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To: BenLurkin

Should I send Vladimir Putin some Keopectate?.... Luv the Poles, they ain’t messing w/ Val, I am sure they are not fond of Merkel, and theu are buying our natural gas. Oh ya, & they don’t let anyone in, what a country!


7 posted on 09/11/2019 6:26:45 PM PDT by taildragger ("Do you hear the people Singing? Singing the Songs of Angry Men!")
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To: BenLurkin

Great ally with no muslim terrorism.


8 posted on 09/11/2019 7:00:51 PM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Vote for President Trump in 2020 or end up equally miserable, no rights, and eating zoo animals)
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To: BenLurkin

Good grief. I wish we’d stop all money leaving the United States. This is borrowed money most likely too. How dumb.


9 posted on 09/11/2019 7:06:19 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Trump/Hunter, jr for President/Vice President 2016)
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To: BenLurkin

Despite a troubled development process and continuing technical issues, the F-35 gets rave reviews from pilots for its combination of stealth, sensors, and combat management system. Against conventional fighters, the F-35 owns the sky.


10 posted on 09/11/2019 7:20:51 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: ocrp1982

The German aerospace company I work with has pulled a lot of its work from Germany and moved it to Poland. As the German employees retire, they aren’t being replaced in Germany, but a Polish guy will take his place on the weekly phone call.

In the long term it will work out, but it appears to be a corporate cost cutting move vs a sound strategy as the aerospace learning curve is steeper than the bean counters will ever realise.

But you are right, if Germans are moving their crap to Poland, we should have done that first.

F135 (the engine in the F-35) has parts that were going to be made in Turkey. If I had to guess, I would think some of those will be moving to Poland, soon.


11 posted on 09/11/2019 7:42:32 PM PDT by UNGN (I've been here since '98 but had nothing to say until now)
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To: napscoordinator

The Polish are paying us $6.5 Billion USD.

We aren’t paying them $6.5 Billion.


12 posted on 09/11/2019 7:47:35 PM PDT by UNGN (I've been here since '98 but had nothing to say until now)
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To: BenLurkin
They should put this image on the vertical stabilizer: that of the fabled and feared Polish winged hussars, the mounted, heavily armored shock cavalry of Poland, who crushed the muslim foe at the Battle of Vienna:


13 posted on 09/11/2019 8:26:47 PM PDT by bkopto
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To: CincyRichieRich

And their pilots are fearless....

My favorite scene from “The Battle of Britain”

“Repeat, Please.....”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANYzkJwxTwQ


14 posted on 09/11/2019 8:29:46 PM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: bkopto

Sabaton - Winged Hussars (Eng/Rus sub)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxlRJsQ7p2k


15 posted on 09/11/2019 8:39:54 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: UNGN

Oh that’s great news. Thank you!


16 posted on 09/11/2019 9:20:01 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Trump/Hunter, jr for President/Vice President 2016)
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