Poland on Wednesday signed up for a deal to buy Raytheon's latest Patriot air and missile defense system, a move to upgrade the country's air defenses that took years to negotiate.
The Polish Government signed a letter of acceptance and acceptance (LOA) with the United States for the first phase of Warsaw's Wisla program, a two-part procurement of the medium-range, integrated air and missile defense system, according to a statement from US defense contractor Raytheon.
The system includes Northrop Grumman's Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) and Lockheed Martin's Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement missiles.
The deal, which will eventually include eight batteries, which is expected to cost nearly $ 6 billion.
The new Patriot deal is likely to stoke Russia-NATO tensions. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow is "a great danger." Putin has threatened that Russia wants to improve its own missile strike capability.
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The deal was slowed down by Poland's insistence that Domestic industrial companies are involved in at least 50 percent of the system's construction.
After a second additional negotiations, which included the incorporation of Northrop's still-in-development IBCS, in July 2017, the US
Fourteen countries, including six NATO partners, already own Patriot systems, and more intentions to buy the missiles.
Romania in November signed a LOA buy Patriot missiles to help protect its airspace, and Sweden has submitted a formal request for the system.