U.S. troops emplace a launching station of the Patriot air and missile defense system at a test range in Sochaczew, Poland, on March 21, 2015, as part of a joint exercise with Polish troops to demonstrate the U.S. Army’s ability to rapidly deploy the systems within NATO territory. (Janek Skarzynski/AFP via Getty Images) (AFP via Getty Images)
Poland’s military acquisition efforts have hosted several unexpected twists and turns this year. The Defence Ministry awarded a deal for 24 Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones in May without a tender, and it later unexpectedly unveiled plans to buy 250 M1A2 Abrams SEPv3 tanks from the United States. The next major procurement in the pipeline concerns Poland’s Narew short-range air defense system, with numerous foreign suppliers competing for the deal.