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Background

Poland became a member of NATO in 1999.

The Missile Defense System Agreement reached between Poland and the U.S. under the Bush Administration was scrapped in September 2009 and a new agreement was formed by the Obama Administration in October 2009 to establish a Missile Defense System in Poland as a part of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA).

Current Developments

Polish Ministry of Defense is aiming to purchase middle range anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems as part of it plans to overhaul its missile defense from 2014 to 2023.
 
On September 15, 2011, a joint statement was released by the U.S. and Poland, calling for the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Agreement of 2008 and it’s Amending Protocol of 2010 on the deployment of land-based SM-3 systems to go into immediate effect.

 

The U.S. BMD system, which will be hosted at Redzikowo Base, is part of the third phase of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) with a time frame for 2018.

Capabilities

The Aegis Ashore site in Poland, that will be functional by 2018, will bring forward the newest interceptor that is being co-developed with Japan, the SM-3 Block IIA.  Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski signed an amendment that guarantees funds for Poland’s missile shield program from next year until 2023. Poland will fund and create a shield as well as incorporate the American Shield set to come in 2018. Poland also has Patriot PAC-3 missile defense batteries.




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