MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On July 6, Poland and the United States signed a memorandum on the Patriot missile systems deliveries. The protocol stipulates a two-phased process of the delivery, namely, during the first stage, the US side is set to send Poland two Patriot missile batteries, consisting of four launchers.
"We should strive to sign the contract by the end of the year," Kownacki told Radio Poland, referring to the first phase of deliveries.
Poland plans to strike a $7.5-billion deal with the United States to buy eight Patriot batteries. Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz expressed hope to receive the missile systems by 2022 and to see them in operation readiness by 2023.
Patriot is a long-range, all-altitude, air defense system capable of countering tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and advanced aircraft.
Moscow has repeatedly warned that amassing troops and military equipment on its borders is provocative, violates past NATO pledges, and can lead to regional and global destabilization.