Poland to spend $21 billion on new weapons and military equipment

Polish Deputy Defense Minister Bartosz Kovnatsky announced that Poland plans to spend at least $21 billion on new weapons and military equipment for the country’s armed forces, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported.

"The management of the Ministry [of defense] has defined its priorities, and the protection of the air space is one of those priorities," Kovnatsky said.

Poland plans to spend about $10 billion on a medium-range missile defense system, and a further $5 billion on a short range system. The Ministry of Defense has also allocated $3.3 billion for new helicopters for the Air Force, as well as $2.5 billion for new submarines for the Polish Navy.

The upgrades are expected to be completed by 2022.