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Cost of US Aegis Missile Interceptor Base in Poland Rises to $2.23Bln

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The cost of the US Aegis Ashore anti-missile base in Poland will be brought to $2.23 billion.

A view shows the command center for the newly opened ballistic missile defense site at Deveselu air base, Romania, May 12, 2016. - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A new Missile Defense Agency contract to Lockheed Martin will bring the cost of the US Aegis Ashore anti-missile base in Poland to $2.23 billion, the US Department of Defense announced.

"Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training [of] Moorestown, New Jersey, has been awarded an $8.1 million modification… contract," the announcement said on Thursday. "The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $2.239 billion."

The new contract will provide engineering support and interface design for Aegis Ashore test and operational systems in Poland, including facility and interface design, engineering support and procurement of spares material, the Defense Department explained.

The Defense Department plans to arm its Aegis Ashore system to be deployed in Poland in 2018 with land-based Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) interceptors as part of the European missile shield.

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