U.S. Embassy Warsaw Press Release
March 28, 2018
We welcome today’s announcement of an agreement between the U.S. Government and Poland to move forward with Phase I of the PATRIOT missile defense system including the brand new, state of the art, command and control system for its air and missile defense. The signing of this agreement is the culmination of our two countries’ efforts over the past few years and is a direct result of President Trump’s and President Duda’s meeting in Warsaw last July.
We welcome Poland as the newest member of the continuously expanding PATRIOT family. We view this delivery—supported by Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and Northrup Grumman—as another step towards increased U.S.-Polish military cooperation, a key objective for our bilateral relationship. U.S. military exports are creating not only American, but Polish jobs, which are good for both our nations.
This program will also strengthen Poland’s ongoing defense modernization program—to which Poland devotes more than 25% of its defense budget. Poland’s acquisition of the PATRIOT missile system is further evidence of Poland’s commitment to NATO and its relationship with the United States. We look forward to working with Poland on finalizing Phase II of this acquisition and on delivering the most capable PATRIOT missile system ever developed, which will be a game changing defensive capability on NATO’s Eastern Flank.