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US allocates $2 billion to Poland for Patriot, Abrams tanks and F-35 aircraft

US allocates $2 billion to Poland for Patriot, Abrams tanks and F-35 aircraft Matthew Miller (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

The United States has granted Poland a $2 billion loan under the Foreign Military Financing program, citing the official representative of the US State Department, Matthew Miller.

"Poland is a stalwart US Ally, and this deal will further strengthen NATO’s Eastern Flank," the statement reads.

According to Miller, Poland is undergoing a significant armed forces modernization program, including the purchase of American defense equipment such as F-35 aircraft, Patriot missile systems, and Abrams main battle tanks.

"Poland is a leader in NATO, currently spending four percent of GDP on defense, the highest in the Alliance. Poland hosts thousands of US and Allied forces, including US V Corps Headquarters (Forward) in Poznan," he added.

According to the statement, the US is providing up to $60 million in Foreign Military Financing to subsidize the interest rate on this loan, which will help accelerate Poland's defense modernization by supporting urgent purchases of defense goods and services from the United States.

Poland has been actively arming itself in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, purchasing weapon systems from various countries.

Polish President Andrzej Duda has stated his readiness to host NATO nuclear weapons on Polish territory.

Duda also proposed that NATO member countries increase their defense spending from 2% to 3% of GDP.