A recent Patriot missile system purchase from the US has been described by the Polish president as "an extraordinary, historic moment." The new purchase will allow Poland to join the ranks of anti-missile operations with its NATO allies for the sum of $4.75 billion (€3.8 billion).
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"It is an extraordinary, historic moment; it is Poland's introduction into a whole new world of state-of-the-art technology, modern weaponry, and defensive means," Polish President Andrzej Duda said as he closed the deal with a signing ceremony. The deal was between US defense company Raytheon who will provide Poland with four Patriot missile units which are designed to shoot down incoming missiles and aircraft.
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The first deliveries are expected to be made in 2022 but in the meantime, the purchase will allow Poland to coordinate its anti-missile operations with NATO allies such as Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and Greece.
"We are signing today a contract to deliver a modern system that has proven itself in numerous countries and thanks to which we are joining an elite group of states which have an efficient weapon that guarantees security," Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said.
The acquisition is part of the nation's bigger effort to boost its armed forces into the modern era while tensions with Russia increase. The agreement allows the option for Poland to sign a second phase agreement to purchase a host of other cutting-edge war machines. The second phase includes more missile units, a new 360-degree radar, and an interceptor missile.
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Wes Kremer, president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, said in a recent interview, "We do expect that Poland will move pretty quickly with Phase II, They have a stated desire to complete that by the end of the year." The agreement between Poland and Raytheon must have Russia's attention as yet another NATO ally bolsters its military might.
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