July 5, 2007 / 12:14 PM / 11 years ago

UPDATE 1-Boeing would build missile shield-Poland

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WARSAW, July 5 (Reuters) - Boeing Co (BA.N) would build U.S. missile defence systems in Poland for around $600 million if Warsaw agrees with Washington to place it on its territory, Poland’s negotiator on the shield said on Thursday.

Warsaw has agreed provisionally to host parts of the U.S. anti-missile system on its territory and is currently negotiating terms of the deal.

“If Poland and the U.S reach agreement... the U.S base will be built by Boeing for around $600 million,” Deputy Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski was quoted as saying by Polish news agency PAP.

The head of the Pentagon’s Missile Defence Agency said in March that Boeing would be a logical choice to lead the interceptor part of the missile shield.

Under the U.S. plan, Poland would host interceptor rockets and the Czech Republic would be the location of the radar system. Washington says the shield is aimed to protect it from possible attacks from rogue states such as Iran or North Korea.

The U.S. plan has angered Russia which has threatened to aim its missiles towards Europe if the project goes ahead.

((Writing by Natalia Reiter, editing by Matthew Tostevin; Reuters Messaging: natalia.reiter.reuters.com@reuters.net, tel. +48 22 653 9715)) Keywords: SHIELD POLAND/BOEING

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