American notification about the planned delivery of the first four Patriot Patriot batteries to Poland
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on November 14, 2017, sent a notice to the US Congress about the possible upcoming sale of the first four batteries of the Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems to Poland through the inter-governmental military sales of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) in the PAC- 3+ with the new integrated Air Defense and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS). The sale is authorized by the US Department of State. The estimated cost of delivery is $ 10.5 billion.
The delivery is planned to be implemented in response to the request of the Polish government as the first stage of a two-stage program for the acquisition of Poland by the IBCS system with the Patriot PAC-3 + radar system. According to the notification, as a first step, Poland is expected to supply four AN / MPQ-65 radar, four battery control points, 16 M903 launchers, 208 MSE RAS-3 missiles, 11 MSE test missiles, 14 IBCS Engagement Operations Centers (EOCs) of various configurations, 15 Integrated Fire Control Network (IFCN) network sets, four EPP III field power plants and five multifunction Multifunctional Information Distribution Systems / Low Volume Terminals (MIDS / LVT). Also, the delivery will include the corresponding other equipment, personnel training and technical support services.
General contractors for the supply will be the corporation Raytheon, Lockheed Martin (the manufacturer of missiles RAS-3 MSE) and Northrop Grumman (producer IBCS).
On the bmpd side,
we recall that on July 6, 2017, during the visit of US President Donald Trump to Poland in Warsaw, the Polish and American sides signed a memorandum on the acquisition by Poland of US Patriot patrol boats. According to the memorandum, by the end of 2017, the parties must agree on all conditions for technology transfer and offset programs in the framework of the acquisition of the Patriot SAR, after which at the end of the year, direct contractual agreements on FMS can be concluded in the form of an exchange between the governments Letters of Offer and Acceptance Letters of Offer and Acceptance (LOA).
In accordance with the official request submitted by the Polish government in early 2017, Poland plans to buy eight Patriot batteries, which have anti-missile capabilities with the additionally added anti-missiles Raytheon SkyCeptor (variant of Rafael / Raytheon Stunner missiles used in the Israeli missile defense complex Kela David, David's Sling). These interceptors in the Polish system are primarily designed to intercept ballistic missiles of Russian operational-tactical complexes Iskander-M. Also, the Polish Patriot SAMs should be equipped with a new air defense and air defense control system IBCS, created by Norhrop Grumman Corporation in the interests of the US Army.
It was reported that in the framework of the Polish two-stage plan for the acquisition of the Patriot missile system, at the first stage, the agreement on which Poland is determined to conclude by the end of 2017, two Patriot batteries with the current AN / MPQ-65 radar and the PAC-3 MSE four M903 launchers in each battery) to be delivered to Poland in 2022 (the expected time frame for the introduction of the IBCS system), with the achievement of their combat readiness in 2023.
The agreements of the second stage should be finalized by the end of 2018 and should include the supply to Poland from 2024 of six Patriot batteries, equipped with a prospective round-robin radar (which the US Army should only choose to develop under the LTAMDS program) and SkyCeptor anti-missiles.
Observers from the very beginning have noted that when ordering the Patriot missile system in a prospective combination with IBCS, the radar of the circular survey and the SkyCeptor anti-missile system, Poland requires complexes that do not yet exist in nature, which creates significant technical, cost and temporary risks for the Polish program of acquiring these systems.
Judging by the promulgated notice, now the plans for the delivery of Patriot Poles to Poland have been revised, and in the first stage the USA proposes to supply the Poles with four batteries with AN / MPQ-65 standard radar and MPE-3 antiaircraft missiles.
At the same time, the 14 command posts of the IBCS system planned for delivery are intended to ensure the integration and operation of the entire prospective air defense and missile defense system of Poland to be deployed, which explains the high cost of the anticipated delivery of the first stage.