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Nasty Surprise to Poland

Nasty Surprise to Poland 8 December, 2017

Poland finds the price tag of US-made Patriot mid-range air and missile defence system as 'unacceptable'.

“The high cost came as a surprise for us,” Bartosz Kownacki, secretary of state in Poland’s Ministry of National Defense, told Defense News in a Dec. 5 interview in Washington, adding that "The price is indeed unacceptable for us even in the view of the significant financial assets that we allocated for the technical modernization of the Polish Armed Forces.”

The $10,5 billion possible sales covered four AN/MPQ-65 radar sets, four engagement control stations, four Radar Interface Units (RIU) modification kits, 16 M903 Launching stations adapted and two hundred and eight (208) Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles. However, this price is 20 percent more than the budget allocated by Poland for the entire program.

“Of course we can’t foresee by how much we will manage to lower the price, nonetheless, the U.S. Administration, as well as the companies, are aware that we need to reduce this price,” he added. “I am confident that we will manage to reach our goal, our objective, and we are currently finalizing the project so we are in the last stage of negotiations,” he said.

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