U.S. decision on Polish Patriot deal seen within coming months: agency

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 09, 2016 10:13 AM

WARSAW (Reuters) - A decision by Washington on whether to grant Poland approval to buy eight Patriot missile defence systems from Raytheon Co could come within the next few months, a senior Raytheon official told a Polish news agency on Friday.

Poland said in September it would seek formal U.S. approval to buy the systems, aiming to close a $5 billion deal that is central to a large-scale military modernization program.

"Concrete decisions are expected within the next few months," John Baird, vice president of Raytheon Poland programs, told the private Newseria Biznes agency.

Poland is also in talks with Lockhead Martin's MEADS joint venture regarding the acquisition of an Medium Extended Air Defense Systems (MEADS).

(Writing by Lidia Kelly; editing by John Stonestreet)