Poland buys 20 HIMARS launchers

Poland Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak has announced the acquisition of 20 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers.

He announced to 1st Warsaw Armored Brigade that on February 13 a contract for the said acquisition was to be signed with United States government.

He described HIMARS as “a weapon that will significantly increase the combat capabilities of the Polish Army.”

“It will be 20 launchers with ammunition. This is modern equipment that guarantees effectiveness on the battlefield,” he said.

The Polish Minister added that the tender for the purchase of helicopters for the Navy is also on the right track. “I would like to remind you that last year the Polish Army signed an agreement on the purchase of the Patriot system, but also on mortars, Vis-100 guns, drones or Jelcz trucks and thus products of the Polish defence industry,” he added.

“We want the Polish Army to be equipped with modern equipment and we also want the Polish Army to be more numerous. Hence, we stage a campaign Become a Polish Soldier. We want the Polish Army to be more strongly embedded in the structures of the North Atlantic Alliance, hence our talks with the allies, hence the presence of allied troops in Poland,” he noted.

In November 2019, US Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying US Congress of the possible sale. “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a NATO ally which is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe. This sale is consistent with U.S. initiatives to provide key allies in the region with modern systems that will enhance interoperability with U.S. forces and increase security,” it said.