Poland Narrows Field for Missile-Defense Contract

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July 1, 2014, 9:29 a.m.

Po­land on Monday nar­rowed the field for a luc­rat­ive mis­sile-de­fense con­tract, short-list­ing bids from Ray­theon and a French-led con­sor­ti­um.

The Pol­ish de­fense min­istry an­nounced it was tak­ing out of con­sid­er­a­tion bids offered by Is­rael and a Lock­heed Mar­tin-led con­sor­ti­um, Re­u­ters re­por­ted. Warsaw said it had altered its con­tract re­quire­ments to de­mand tech­no­logy that was already fully op­er­a­tion­al and de­ployed by NATO mem­ber states’ mil­it­ar­ies. Those cri­ter­ia elim­in­ated Is­rael’s Dav­id Sling, which is not yet de­ployed, and Lock­heed Mar­tin’s Me­di­um Ex­ten­ded Air De­fense Sys­tem, which is not yet fully de­veloped.

Ray­theon is of­fer­ing for sale its Pat­ri­ot an­ti­mis­sile sys­tem, which is already used by the United States, Ger­many and the Neth­er­lands.

Po­land re­vised its tender in the wake of Rus­sia’s in­cur­sion in­to Ukraine, em­phas­iz­ing tech­no­logy that is im­me­di­ately de­ploy­able over more ad­vanced sys­tems that may re­quire more de­vel­op­ment. Warsaw wants to con­struct a na­tion­al mis­sile de­fense sys­tem cap­able of de­feat­ing me­di­um-range bal­list­ic mis­siles launched from just out­side its bor­ders. The con­tract is pro­jec­ted to be worth roughly $5 bil­lion.

Mean­while, Tur­key is giv­ing for­eign de­fense firms two more months to sweeten their pro­pos­als for selling a mis­sile de­fense sys­tem to the coun­try, the Hur­ri­yet Daily News re­por­ted on Monday.

An an­onym­ous Turk­ish of­fi­cial told the news­pa­per that com­pan­ies were now be­ing giv­en un­til Aug. 30 to sub­mit their bids — time enough for Lock­heed Mar­tin, Ray­theon and Eurosam to im­prove their re­spect­ive pro­pos­als. Ank­ara has twice be­fore ex­ten­ded its dead­line for com­pan­ies to modi­fy their an­ti­mis­sile bids.

Tur­key last year an­nounced it had se­lec­ted a bid from a Chinese state-con­trolled firm to pur­chase its FD-2000 an­ti­mis­sile sys­tem. Ank­ara, though, has yet to fi­nal­ize any con­tract with the Chinese com­pany amid warn­ings from NATO that the Chinese tech­no­logy would be in­com­pat­ible  with the al­li­ance’s evolving mis­sile shield.

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