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Poland signs HIMARS contract

18 February 2019
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On 13 February Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak signed a contract for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) in the presence of President Andrzej Duda and US Vice President Mike Pence.

Poland signed a Foreign Military Sales contract for 20 HIMARS on 13 February. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)Poland signed a Foreign Military Sales contract for 20 HIMARS on 13 February. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)

The USD414 million Foreign Military Sales contract covers the procurement of 20 HIMARS M142 launchers, including two for training; Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) and Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) ammunition; Low Cost Reduced Range (LCRR) practice rockets; command vehicles, ammunition carriers, and trucks; and logistics, training, and technical support. The system will be delivered by 2023.

The first Polish HIMARS unit will be organised similarly to US Army HIMARS units, according to the Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND). A US Army HIMARS battalion has three batteries of six launchers each.

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