Poland Seeking to Negotiate Patriot Price Tag

Poland is looking to negotiate a lower price for the Patriot defense system it plans to buy from the United States. Poland’s secretary of state in its Defense Ministry, Bartosz Kownacki, told Defense News, “We simply cannot accept such financial conditions, we will be working hard on reducing it, we will be conducting a line-by-line review…to negotiate an acceptable, reasonable price.” The offer from the United States included 16 Patriot launchers, four sector radars and 208 PAC-3 missile segment enhancement (MSE) missiles, and would cost 10.5 billion USD (37 billion zloties). That figure exceeds Poland’s planned expenditure for the Patriot by 7 billion zloties. Additional cost to the sale could result from Poland’s conditions on inclusion of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) and future inclusion of a 360-degree radar.