Poland to receive first Patriot systems in 2022 - Prime Minister

The first Patriot systems will reach Poland in 2022, with further systems two years later, in 2024, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday, adding that a deal to this effect, to be signed on Wednesday, "has been very well negotiated."

In an interview with a public TV broadcaster, PM Morawiecki declared that they "will ensure our security in an unprecedented way."

The PM stressed that "this is state-of-the-art US technology, which the Americans are only selling to Poland."

"This is proof of our close allied solidarity with the US, as well as of the trust placed in Poland by the US and confirmation of Poland being one of their most important US allies," he went on to say.

PM Morawiecki emphasised that the deal, to be signed by Poland on Wednesday, "has been very well negotiated."  

According to the prime minister, "it will be followed by an offset-agreement, which will increase the production capacity of Polish plants."

PM Morawiecki underlined that the offset agreement "will make it possible for Poland to work out new military solutions in co-operation with the US."

The Defence Ministry has announced that an agreement on the purchase of the first Patriot system elements will be signed on Wednesday. Last week, the Defence Ministry signed offset agreements worth PLN 950 million (EUR 224.6 million) with Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. The agreements will be in force for ten years.