In an official statement, the U.S. State Department announced its approval for a potential Foreign Military Sale to Poland, encompassing an Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) and associated equipment.
The estimated cost for this system is $4.0 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) formally informed Congress of this potential sale on September 11, 2023.
According to the release, “The Government of Poland has requested to buy phase two of a two-phase program for an Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) enabled PATRIOT Configuration-3+ with modernized sensors and components.”
The deal would involve the provision of ninety-three (93) IBCS Engagement Operation Centers (EOCs) and one hundred seventy-five (175) IBCS Integrated Fire Control Network (IFCN) relays. In addition to the main components, the package would also comprise network encryptors, software development for IBCS, flight test infrastructure and tools, technical support, and various related elements of logistical and programmatic support.
This prospective sale serves to underscore the commitment of the U.S. in bolstering the defence capabilities of its allies. As the statement notes, the sale would “support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization Ally that is a force for political stability and economic progress in Europe.”
Additionally, the acquisition will significantly upgrade Poland’s missile defence capability, fostering greater interoperability with both the United States and other NATO allies.
The key contractor for this large-scale defence project will be Northrop Grumman, located in Huntsville, AL. While Poland has requested offsets as part of the arrangement, specifics will be determined through negotiations between Poland and the contractors.
It’s important to note, as mentioned in the release, that this notification of a potential sale is mandated by law, and the final dollar value might vary based on definitive requirements, budget considerations, and any ensuing sales agreements.