Poland Expects to Sign Patriot Missile Deal With US Firm
April 3, 2017
Poland's defense minster said Friday that he expected to sign a
multibillion-dollar deal with U.S. firm Raytheon to buy eight
Patriot missile defense systems this year.
Antoni Macierewicz told reporters in Warsaw that the $7.6
billion deal was necessary in light of what he called "a growing
threat from the East." Poland has increased efforts to modernize
its military since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine three
"Those systems allow us to guarantee the security of the Polish
state," Macierewicz said.
Defense Minister Bartosz Kownacki said the missile system would
help protect against Russian missiles based in Kaliningrad, an
enclave of Russian territory between Poland's northeastern
border and Lithuania.
Raytheon also expressed satisfaction that the deal was moving
forward. Congress must approve any contract for the sale of
advanced U.S. military technology.
Macierewicz said the Polish government and Raytheon "concluded a
very important stage of our discussions on the acquisition of
medium-range missile systems to ensure Poland's security.'' He
said that some issues were still outstanding, but that the deal
could be signed by the end of 2017 if all conditions were agreed
The defense minister acknowledged the talks were sometimes
difficult and said Raytheon's earlier price estimate for the
missile systems, $12.7 billion, was "unacceptable."
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