January 27, 2020 / 9:52 AM / 6 months ago

Poland to sign $4.6 billion F-35 fighter jet deal: minister

FILE PHOTO: Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak speaks during U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's arrival in Warsaw, Poland, February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will sign a contract worth $4.6 billion for 32 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak tweeted on Monday.

Poland has long been expected to buy the jets as part of efforts to bolster its armed forces in the face of renewed Russian assertiveness in eastern Europe.

The signing ceremony will take place at 1400 GMT on Friday in Deblin, eastern Poland, Blaszczak said.

Reporting by Alan Charlish; editing by Jason Neely

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