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Saturday, November 18, 2017

In a move likely to irk Russia, the US and Poland agreed on Friday a major arms deal that could see the eastern European NATO member soon begin conducting air and missile defense operations.

As part of the $10.5 billion (€8.9 billion) sale, Poland is expected to receive 208 Patriot Advanced Capabilty-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement missiles, 16 M903 launching stations, four AN/MPQ-65 radars, four control stations, spares, software and associated equipment.

Made by US defense contractor Raytheon, the missiles are reportedly designed to detect, track and engage unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), cruise missiles and short-range or tactical ballistic missiles.

In a statement issued following the sale, the State Department said that: "A secure Europe capable of deterring air and missile threats and other forms of aggression promotes peace and stability within NATO and on the European continent."




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The transaction still requires congressional approval, since any sale of advanced military technology to another country requires special permission. Congress has 15 days to raise any objections to the deal, although this agreement is expected to pass swiftly, given the close military ties between the two countries.


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#1 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-11-18 03:26 PM | Reply

Wait, Poland has $10.5 billion?

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-18 03:34 PM | Reply

#2 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT AT 2017-11-18 03:34 PM | FLAG: " Since 1989 the country's GDP per capita has doubled. And in the midst of the worldwide recession after 2008, Poland was the only European country whose economy continued to grow. ... Using those figures, it is immediately clear that Poland is not a poor country.Sep 24, 2015"

#3 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-11-18 06:03 PM | Reply

Pretty sure Russia is going to be pretty pissed about this deal.

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-19 08:53 PM | Reply

Pretty sure Russia is going to be pretty pissed about this deal.

You'll know they are if Congress does not approve it.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-11-19 09:08 PM | Reply

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