by Alex Carias

The country of Poland has chosen Fort Worth-based Lockheed-Martin Aeronautics to build F-16 jet fighters to modernize its air force to NATO standards. The contract is worth $3.5 billion.

Lockheed-Martin beat out rival bids by two European makers with an offer to supply 48 planes to Poland. The deal is expected to add about 500 jobs at Lockheed-Martin's North Texas plant during the three-year production run.

There will not be any jobs added at Lufkin's Lockheed-Martin Missile Defense plant from the new contract.