The State Department has approved a possible $10.5 billion deal with Poland for the sale of a Patriot missile defense system.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on Nov. 14 of the foreign military sale for  Raytheon’s [RTN] Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Patriot Configuration-3+ system to Poland, which includes radar sets, engagement control stations, 16 M903 launching stations and 208 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles.

Patriot Photo: Raytheon
Photo: Raytheon

“A secure Europe capable of deterring air and missile threats and other forms of aggression promotes peace and stability within NATO and on the European continent. If this proposed sale is concluded, Poland will have greater flexibility to conduct air and missile defense operations with the United States and other NATO allies that also possess the Patriot system,” a State Department official told Defense Daily.

Poland has also requested Radar Interface Units modification kits, launcher integrated network kits and 11 test missiles.

The proposed FMS also includes communications equipment, generators, logistical support services, and training equipment.

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Northrop Grumman [NOC] will serve with Raytheon as the prime contractors for proposed deal.

Poland will use the IAMD Battle Command System-enabled Patriot to improve the missile defense capability of its military and its aid of NATO allies who operate within the country, according to the DSCA.

“The United States and Poland have a strong relationship as partners and Allies.  We are proud to work extremely closely with our Polish allies in confronting common challenges, from Afghanistan to Ukraine, and we will continue to do so,” said the State Department official.

The Polish government requested offset in the proposed FMS, but the details of the agreement were undetermined at the time of the deal’s approval.