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Poland to ink $7.6 billion deal for Patriot by end-2017

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Poland expects to sign a deal worth up to $7.6 billion with Raytheon to buy eight Patriot missile defense systems by the end of the year, Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said.

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Warsaw sees the deal as central to a thorough modernization of its armed forces by 2023, in light of what Macierewicz called "growing aggression and a growing threat from the East."

NATO member Poland has sped up efforts to overhaul its military following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in 2014 and in response to Moscow's renewed military and political assertiveness in the region.

"Those systems allow us to guarantee the security of the Polish state," Macierewicz told a news conference.

The contract still requires approval from the U.S. Congress, as it involves a purchase of advanced military technology for which special permission must be obtained.

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