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    Poland receives initial supplies of Patriot missiles

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    On Thursday, Lockheed Martin disclosed that it had sent the initial batch of PAC-3 MSE missiles to Poland, which will be utilized with Patriot air-defence systems.

    PAC-3 MSEs are intended to destroy targets upon impact, rather than using a blast radius. Patriot Advanced Capability–3 Missile Segment Enhancements are designed to engage targets with a direct hit (hit-to-kill).

    Brenda Davidson, Vice President of PAC-3 Programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, stated that the PAC-3 MSE will give Poland the ability to safeguard itself from a variety of advanced airborne attack systems, including tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and planes.

    “PAC-3 MSE is the most modern solution in its class, which is one of the pillars of the Polish Wisla system, the top level of the national multi-layer ground air defence system,”

    said Lockheed Martin’s director for Poland, Central and Eastern Europe, Robert Orzylowski.

    The Patriot system used by the US Land Forces was selected by Poland in April 2015. In 2018, a contract was signed for the supply of two Patriot batteries (16 anti-missile and anti-aircraft units). The contract value for the first of the two planned phases of the Wisła programme was USD 4.75 billion.

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