Pentagon budget 2021: Construction problems delay Aegis Ashore in Poland

11 February 2020

The Aegis Ashore facility in Romania. Its sister facility in Poland is delayed by construction issues. Source: US MDA

The US Missile Defense Agency's (MDA's) Aegis Ashore missile interceptor system is expected to be available in Poland by 2022 - at least three years late - due to construction delays.

The weapon system is on site and ready to be installed, but problems continue with site construction, Vice Admiral Jon Hill told reporters on 10 February at the Pentagon. At issue is the site's auxiliary controls for power, heating, and cooling, he said.

In December 2019 the MDA sent a team to assess the project's progress to see if it could be phased in sooner, but concluded that it was likely to require some contract modifications to get it done by 2022. "It's a very conservative estimate," Vice Adm Hill said. The system in Poland was planned to be online by December 2018.

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