Poland has issued a formal request to the U.S. government to acquireÂ Raytheon‘s (NYSE: RTN)Â Patriot integrated air and missile defense system for an undisclosed amount.
RaytheonÂ said TuesdayÂ it will collaborate with Poland’s government and industry to help complete offset and industrial participation plans as part ofÂ theÂ foreign military sales process.
“Poland’s formal request is an important milestone toward becoming the 6th NATO Patriot country and the 14th Patriot partner nation, ” saidÂ Wes Kremer, president of Raytheon’s integrated defense systemsÂ unit.
He added Patriot will work to supportÂ Poland against threats such as ballistic and cruise missiles and advanced aircraft and drones.
Antoni Macierewicz, Polish defense minister, saidÂ the proposed Patriot dealÂ involves a total of eight missile batteries, AFPÂ reported Tuesday.
The report said the potential sale could be worth $5.6 billion.
According to AFP, Macierewicz noted thatÂ PolishÂ firms selected by theÂ government would perform at least half of the work required in the program.
Raytheon said it has signed eight contracts and at least 30 letters of intent with Polish industry in support of the anticipated FMS agreement.