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Media: Poland has afraid to put F-35 at the Russian border

Poland decided not to deploy the fifth generation fighter F-35 Lightning II at the base in Malbork 80 kilometers from the Kaliningrad region and in mińsk Mazowiecki, near the Belarusian border. It is reported Defence24.

According to the portal, Poland refused to deploy the newest fighters in the East of the country, as the authorities fear that Russia will be able to check their radar and infrared characteristics. So the military leadership decided to deploy F-35 on the West of the country in Swidwin, which previously was home to squadrons of su-22.

This is the conclusion the author came on the basis of published with the participation of the Polish defense Ministry tender for the construction works and modernization of the airbase in Swidwin. The journalist suggests that in the future there can place and F-16 Fighting Falcon.

In January, Poland signed a contract for the purchase of 32 F-35 a total value of $ 4.6 billion. It is expected that the country's air force will begin full operation of F-35 in 2026, and the first aircraft under the contract will be made in 2024.

It is planned that the F-35 will replace the MiG-29 and su-22 Soviet-made, which are still in the air force of Poland.