Poland to purchase six more Patriot missile batteries: Defence Minister

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Poland will purchase six more Patriot missile sets, the country’s Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak told Polsat News private TV broadcaster. “This is the second stage of the Wisła air defence programme,” he added.


“I signed a Letter of Request concerning six Patriot batteries with omnidirectional radars, launchers and a supply of missiles,” Mariusz Błaszczak wrote on Twitter. He added that “we are moving forward with the second phase of the Vistula air defence programme”.

Poland selected the Patriot system as the basis for the Vistula medium-range air defence programme in April 2015. In 2018, a contract for two batteries (16 launchers) worth USD 4.75 bn was signed. The Polish systems are to be armed with Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 MSE missiles. The sets for Poland will be integrated with the new IBCS battlefield management system developed for the US ground forces by Northrop Grumman.

The deliveries of Patriot missile sets for Poland are planned by the end of this year, they are to achieve initial operational readiness at the turn of 2023/2024. In February, before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Ministry of Defence confirmed its intention to implement the second phase of the Wisła programme, making the decision conditional on the results of the new radar for Patriot missile sets.

More than just Patriots

Minister Błaszczak also announced that the Ministry of Defence will soon disclose requests for the purchase of HIMARS rocket artillery sets with a range of 300 km.

The Minister noted that Poland continues its military support for Ukraine. Asked whether we would transfer artillery systems to the Ukrainian side, Błaszczak said that “this is the direction”, but stipulated that he could not talk about details.

“We are strengthening Ukraine in order to make Poland safer. (...) It is in Poland's interest that Ukraine be free,” he stressed.



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Poland to purchase six more Patriot missile batteries: Defence Minister

2022/05/1653387652.jpg
Read: 464     14:20     24 May 2022    

Poland will purchase six more Patriot missile sets, the country’s Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak told Polsat News private TV broadcaster. “This is the second stage of the Wisła air defence programme,” he added.


“I signed a Letter of Request concerning six Patriot batteries with omnidirectional radars, launchers and a supply of missiles,” Mariusz Błaszczak wrote on Twitter. He added that “we are moving forward with the second phase of the Vistula air defence programme”.

Poland selected the Patriot system as the basis for the Vistula medium-range air defence programme in April 2015. In 2018, a contract for two batteries (16 launchers) worth USD 4.75 bn was signed. The Polish systems are to be armed with Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 MSE missiles. The sets for Poland will be integrated with the new IBCS battlefield management system developed for the US ground forces by Northrop Grumman.

The deliveries of Patriot missile sets for Poland are planned by the end of this year, they are to achieve initial operational readiness at the turn of 2023/2024. In February, before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Ministry of Defence confirmed its intention to implement the second phase of the Wisła programme, making the decision conditional on the results of the new radar for Patriot missile sets.

More than just Patriots

Minister Błaszczak also announced that the Ministry of Defence will soon disclose requests for the purchase of HIMARS rocket artillery sets with a range of 300 km.

The Minister noted that Poland continues its military support for Ukraine. Asked whether we would transfer artillery systems to the Ukrainian side, Błaszczak said that “this is the direction”, but stipulated that he could not talk about details.

“We are strengthening Ukraine in order to make Poland safer. (...) It is in Poland's interest that Ukraine be free,” he stressed.



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