TheÂ ThalesÂ andÂ MBDAÂ team and Raytheon have been named in the shortlist to provide Poland with a midrange missile defense system as theÂ country responds to the recentÂ tensions in Ukraine, E&T magazine reported Tuesday.
Tereza Pultarova writes the contract is estimated to be worthÂ $5.1 billion and requires technology that is alreadyÂ operational andÂ used in another NATO member country.
The chosenÂ contractor will work with the Polish defense ministry and state armsÂ consortium Polska Grupa ZbrojeniowaÂ in the construction of the missile defense systemÂ known locally as Wisla, the report said.
Phase one of the contract covers eight midrange interceptorÂ missiles, with supplementalÂ short-range missiles to be potentially added in a later phase.
Pultarova reports this system is separate from the missile shield the U.S. plans to establish in Poland within four years, a project that was confirmed during U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit toÂ Warsaw.