On the 17th of November DSCA has published a statement that it has notified Congress about a possible Foreign Military Sale to Poland for an Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS)-enabled Patriot Configuration-3+ with Modernized Sensors and Components for an estimated cost of $10.5 billion. The sale will allow Poland to put into effect its “Wisła” missile defense program.
The purchase would be the first stage of a two phase program. The first package could include four AN/MPQ-65 radar sets, four engagement control stations, four Radar Interface Units (RIU) modification kits, sixteen M903 Launching stations adapted, eighteen Launcher Integrated Network Kits (LINKs) (includes two spares), two hundred and eight Patriot Advanced Capabilty-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles, eleven PAC-3 MSE test missiles, IBCS software, two future operations – IBCS Engagement Operations Centers (EOCs), six current operations-IBCS EOCs, six engagement operations-IBCS EOCs, fifteen Integrated Fire Control Network (IFCN relays, four Electrical Power Plants (EPP) III, and five Multifunctional Information Distribution Systems/Low Volume Terminals (MIDS/LVTs).
Additionally Poland has requested to buy a support package and additional equipment such as communications equipment, tools and test equipment, range and test programs, support equipment, prime movers, generators, publications and technical documentation, training equipment, spare and repair parts, personnel training, Technical Assistance Field Team (TAFT), U.S. Government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics support services, Systems Integration and Checkout (SICO), field office support, and other related elements of logistics and program support.
On the 16th of November Polish minister of defense Mr Antoni Macierewicz has highlighted during a press conference that Poland will spend no more than 30 billion PLN (~8,3$) for the Wisła system which will be build with the Patriot components. He has also noted that a crucial part of the agreement is the offset part and Poland will pick up the best offers which will be the most beneficial for the Polish army and will allow the local industry to move ahead. Mr Macierewicz has also noted that Poland probably wont buy all of the offered equipment and pick up only the most necessary ones.
Polish Wisła program consists of two stages. The first one should be ended by 2022 with buying two Patriot batteries with integrated command systems with PAC-3 MSE missiles. The second phase will include batteries with the new 360 degree radar and with the SkyCeptor missiles. Due to the fact of new radar and missile integration effort which needs to be taken there is no date for the finalization of the second phase.
Poland wants to have the Patriot system as soon as possible so it is possible that Raytheon will deliver a system which will be later upgraded with the IBCS module.