The US state Department approved the sale to Poland of Patriot systems in 10.5 billion dollars. About it reports Reuters with reference to the statement of the Pentagon.
Interceptors missile defense Patriot is designed to detect, track, and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, short-range tactical ballistic missiles.
The deal includes 208 missiles with advanced capabilities-3 (PAC-3) missiles Patriot Advanced Capabilty-3 (PAC-3), 16 starting M903 stations, four radar AN / MPQ-65, four control stations, spare parts, software and related equipment.
In addition, Poland has the right to buy technical, engineering and logistical support in the United States and Contracting organizations, as well as software distribution and testing.
If the deal is completed, it will allow Poland to carry out air and missile operations with allies, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Greece, which currently have the Patriot system, said the official representative of US state Department.
The contract still requires approval in Congress because it involves the acquisition of advanced military equipment for which you want to obtain a special permit. Agency for cooperation in the field of defence and security, which is implementing the sale of arms to other countries, said that it has sent notice to Congress on Tuesday. The U.S. lawmakers have 30 days to block the sale, but this rarely happens.
Poland, which said it plans to spend about 7.6 billion dollars for the entire project, said that the negotiations are not yet completed. “This does not mean that this amount is ($10.5 billion ) is the final price,” – said in a statement the Ministry of defence of Poland.
In March the Minister of defence of Poland, Anthony Macierewicz said that Poland should sign an agreement with Raytheon company about buying a missile defence system Patriot to the end of the year.