US approves $10.5bn sale of Patriot defence system to Poland

20 November 2017 (Last Updated November 20th, 2017 11:04)

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of an estimated $10.5bn foreign military sale of integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) battle command system (IBCS) enabled Patriot Configuration-3+ weapon system with modernised sensors and components to Poland.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of an estimated $10.5bn foreign military sale of integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) battle command system (IBCS) enabled Patriot Configuration-3+ weapon system with modernised sensors and components to Poland.

The potential sale package covers 208 Patriot Advanced Capabilty-3 (PAC-3) missile segment enhancement (MSE) missiles and 11 PAC-3 MSE test missiles.

It also includes four AN/MPQ-65 radar sets, four engagement control stations and four radar interface units (RIU) modification kits to support Phase I of a two-phase programme for the IAMD IBCS-enabled Patriot system.

"The IBCS-enabled Patriot missile system will be used by Poland to improve its missile defence capability, defend its territorial integrity and deter regional threats."

Furthermore, Poland has requested 16 M903 launching stations adapted, 16 launcher integrated network kits (LINKs) and two spares, IBCS software, two future operations IBCS engagement operations centres (EOCs) and six current operations-IBCS EOCs.

Additional equipment outlined in the potential sale comprises six engagement operations-IBCS EOCs, 15 integrated fire control network solutions and four electrical power plants (EPP) III, as well as and five multifunctional information distribution systems / low volume terminals (MIDS/LVTs).

The sale will include the provision of a technical assistance field team (TAFT), US Government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics support services, systems integration and checkout (SICO) and field office support, in addition to other related elements of logistics and programme support.

The IBCS-enabled Patriot missile system will be used by Poland to improve its missile defence capability, defend its territorial integrity and deter regional threats.

It will also increase the Polish Military’s defensive capabilities, allowing it to guard the nation against hostile aggression, as well as shield the various Nato allies that frequently train and operate within Poland’s borders.

Raytheon, Lockheed-Martin and Northrop Grumman will serve as prime contractors for the sale.