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Poland Eyes Up to $8.4 Billion in Air and Missile Defense Costs

Poland is preparing to spend billions of dollars over the next decade to acquire new air and missile defense technologies, Defense News reported on Tuesday.

Warsaw is planning on acquiring by 2022 short- and medium-range missiles for defensive uses at a potential cost of up to $8.4 billion, making it the nation's biggest military procurement project, according to the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper.

Early on its missile-procurement program, Poland is looking to acquire a capacity to defeat medium-range airborne threats. The military has already sought bids from defense firms interested in taking part in the project, which it is calling "Wisla."

The defense company MBDA has entered two proposals for the project -- one involving the medium-range Aster 30 system and the other based around the Medium Extended Air Defense System.

Polish government officials traveled to the United States earlier this month to view a test of the MEADS system.

Warsaw could announce in January which companies it has selected for involvement in the antimissile project, according to MEADS International Business Development Director Marty Coyne.

Poland in about 2018 is slated to begin hosting next-generation U.S. missile interceptors to defend NATO territory against any possible intermediate-range ballistic missile threats fired from the Middle East. Warsaw says its envisioned national system will defend against lower-tier threats and will be connected to the evolving NATO missile shield.

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