March 28, 2018 / 10:02 AM / 24 days ago

U.S. weapons maker Raytheon eyes deal with Poland on more Patriot systems

BERLIN, March 28 (Reuters) - U.S. weapons maker Raytheon Co said it was “fairly confident” Poland and the United States could reach agreement on procurement of further Patriot missile defence systems by year-end after they finalised an initial Patriot sale on Wednesday.

Poland on Wednesday signed an agreement with the U.S. government to buy for four Patriot fire units in the current configuration, and is negotiating with Washington to buy more Patriot systems, a new 360-degree radar, and a low-cost interceptor missile, as part of a second phase of development.

“We do expect that Poland will move pretty quickly with Phase II. They have a stated desire to complete that by the end of the year,” Wes Kremer, president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, told Reuters in a telephone interview. “I’m actually fairly confident that it can get done.”

Kremer said a significant amount of preliminary work had already been done by teams from both countries on the scope and content of the follow-on agreement. He gave no details on the possible value of the second deal.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal Editing by Michael Nienaber

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