From AFP: The United States will deploy ground-to-air Patriot missiles in Poland in 2010 and is discussing its plans for a new anti-missile system with Warsaw, a US defence official said Friday.

“We presented some detailed information on how the rotations of our Patriot batteries would be conducted over the next few years under the August 2008 agreement” with Poland, US Assistant Secretary of Defence for International Security Alexander Vershbow said in Warsaw.

“We look forward to the commencement of those rotations next year,” Vershbow said following talks with Poland’s Deputy Defence Minister Stanislaw Komorowski Friday ahead of next week’s visit by Vice President Joe Biden.

The Patriot missile battery “will be armed and possess elements permitting it to be integrated with the Polish defence system,” Komorowski added. (photo: AFP)