Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak signed a contract on Wednesday for the purchase of US Patriot air and missile defence systems as part of the Polish Wisla (Vistula) air defence programme.
Poland's politicians generally praised the country's purchase of the Patriot air-defence missile systems from the US on Wednesday. Some of the parties in opposition criticised the contract's excessive price and ratther small offset clauses.
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."
Poland's Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on Thursday that the government is consistently building a modern army which is able to protect the country, and soon a special agency will be set up to procure military equipment.
NATO values Poland as a solid and important ally, NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday. March 12 marked the 19th anniversary of Poland's accession to the Alliance.
By spending at least 2 percent of its GDP on defence, Poland is a leader in NATO while the presence of Polish soldiers on foreign missions sends a signal that Poland cares for global and regional security, said Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak.
The Szczecin, northwest Poland-based NATO Multinational Corps North-East is ready to react immediately if necessary, duty means more than just words for NATO, the unit's commander General Manfred Hofmann said on Thursday.
The Polish and Slovakian parliaments should be more engaged in strengthening co-operation within the defence industry, Polish Sejm (lower house) Speaker Marek Kuchcinski said in Bratislava on Tuesday.
Fifty Polish and Arab cadets, students of the Polish Naval Academy in Gdynia (northern Poland), are taking part in a joint two-month-long training voyage from Gdynia to the Persian Gulf, on board the Polish training ship ORP "Wodnik".
The Multinational Division North East Headquarters in Elblag, north-east Poland, has been 90 percent-formed, and the process will probably be completed by the end of 2018, Deputy Defence Minister Wojciech Skurkiewicz said in parliament on Tuesday.