The Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND) is reportedly close to selecting the supplier for its medium-range air and missile defence (AMD) system in the near future.

Polish Deputy Defence Minister Czeslaw Mroczek was quoted by Reuters as saying: "In the next few weeks we will make the decision regarding the supplier for this system."

Mroczek noted that the ministry’s experts are expected to have worked out the details of a recommendation regarding the decision by the end of next month.

Poland had originally planned to announce the winning contractor this year, but accelerated the tender in the wake of crisis in the neighbouring Ukraine.

"Poland had originally planned to announce the winning contractor this year, but accelerated the tender in the wake of crisis in the neighbouring Ukraine."

In July 2014, Poland had shortlisted France-led consortium Eurosam and Raytheon to compete for the WISLA programme, which is expected to have a potential value of about $5bn.

The proposals submitted by the Israeli Government and the Lockheed Martin-led MEADS consortium were rejected.

Raytheon is offering Patriot air defence system, while Eurosam, a consortium of Thales and MBDA, is competing with the Aster sol-air moyenne portée terrestre (SAMP/T) system for the contract.

The state-owned Polish Defence Holding (PHO) will collaborate with the winning bidder to execute the contract that will involve extensive participation from the local defence industry.

According to the news agency, the production of the AMD system is expected to be completed in multiple stages by 2022.