The US has agreed to sell Patriot missile defense systems to Poland in a memorandum signed on Wednesday.
"A memorandum was signed Wednesday night" Poland's Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz said. The US government has agreed to sell Poland Patriot missiles in the most modern configuration, he said in a news conference broadcast on public television on Thursday morning.
US President Donald Trump arrived on Wednesday in Warsaw where the White House said he would showcase his commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in a speech and in meetings with a group of nations closest to Russia on his way to the G20 summit in Germany on Friday and Saturday.
In March, Poland had said that it expected to sign $7.6 billion deal with US company Raytheon to buy eight Patriot missile defense systems by the end of 2017.
The deal is crucial for Poland it is eyeing to modernize its armed forces by 2023.
Poland has initiated tender to acquire new maritime patrol aircraft that would replace the country's M28 Bryza and M28B Bryza planes that are modernized versions of the Soviet-designed Antonov An-28 aircraft. The Polish Ministry of Defence's Armament Inspectorate is awaiting potential offers from aircraft producers until May 31, 2017
Poland will sign a $7.5-billion agreement on the purchase of eight Patriot anti-ballistic missile batteries by the end of 2017
Polands state department has earmarked 27.7 percent, 37 billion PLN (US $9 billion) of its defense budget for 2017 for common NATO infrastructure under the NSIP as part of the investment
Polish Ministry of Defense is planning to spend more than 61 billion zloty (US $14.5 billion) to acquire new weapons and military equipment in next five years
US Vice President Mike Pence has raised the possibility of deploying Patriot anti-missile defense system in Estonia. "We spoke about it today, but we didn't talk about a date or time," Estonias Prime Minister Juri Ratas said after Pence began a visit to the small Baltic nation on the border with Russia
Japans Air Self-Defense Force will deploy a Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) surface-to-air guided missile unit for a joint training exercise with US troops next month at the hub of the two allies' Yokota Air Base. The exercise, which could be held as early as August, is to test the two forces capabilities against increasing military provocations by North Korea in the form of ballistic missile launches, local media reports
US State Department has cleared $3.9 billion worth sale of seven Patriot missile defence systems for Romania
The US military has stationed Patriot anti-aircraft missiles in Lithuania for military exercises for the first time. The weapons system was stationed in the small Baltic nation and NATO member for the Tobruq Legacy 2017 air defence military exercises, which will run July 11-22
Polish Armament Group (PGZ) has selected Lockheed Martin for further talks on using the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) for Poland's Homer program. The highly mobile platform delivers accurate, lethal, quick-strike munitions ranging from 15 to 300 kilometers, the company announced Friday
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