A Pentagon official told Congress on Thursday that the United States is considering expanding its sales of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter aircraft to five new countries, including Romania, Greece and Poland, while strengthening European allies in their defense of Russia..
“Singapore, Greece, Romania, Spain and Poland are among potential customers for future foreign military sales,” said Matthias Winter, head of the Pentagon’s F-35 office, a deputy admiral.“He said.
The announcement of new customers coincides with tensions between Washington and Ankara over Turkey’s plans to buy a Russian missile defense system. Other allies of Washington are considering buying the stealth plane, including Finland, Switzerland and the UAE.
Last year, Belgium became the first new customer of the F-35 in years, preferring Eurofighter Typhoon to replace its aging F-16 aircraft in a deal worth 4 billion euros ($ 4.55 billion)).
Lockheed, the main contractor of the aircraft, is developing and building three models of new military aircraft for the US military and 10 other countries, namely Britain, Australia, Italy, Turkey, Norway, the Netherlands, Israel, Japan, South Korea and Belgium...
The US State Department said in November that US arms sales to foreign governments rose 13 percent to 192.3 billion dollars in the year ended Sept. 30.