The Department of State agreed on Wednesday to sell aerostats with early warning and reconnaissance radars to Poland. The maximum value of the transaction was estimated at USD 1.2 billion, or approximately PLN 4.8 billion at the current exchange rate. The radars are intended to detect threats in the airspace, such as Russian cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.
In accordance with the American procedure for selling arms and military equipment abroad, the State Department’s recommendation will now go to Congress. If congressmen do not object, and they very rarely use this option, the parties will start final price negotiations.
The Polish Ministry of Defense codenamed the purchase of tethered aerostats with radars and necessary equipment Barbara. As the Armament Agency, which is responsible for purchases for the army, announced on Wednesday, as part of the future contract, the Vistula River will also provide extensive support, including: logistics and training packages and technical documentation.