Poland, US sign HIMARS rocket system agreement

An agreement on the purchase of a division of HIMARS self-propelled rocket artillery has been signed by Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak on Wednesday in Warsaw.

“I am extremely glad that the visit of the US Vice-President to Poland has begun with such a significant event, that is, the signing of an agreement on purchasing the HIMARS system,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said, referring to Mike Pence’s arrival in Warsaw on Wednesday.

The cost of 20 launchers with the necessary equipment, purchased within the framework of the Homar programme, amounted to USD 414 mln.

In late November 2018, the US agreed to sell HIMARS rocket artillery worth USD 655 mln to Poland. The Ministry of National Defence stated, however, that this was a maximum price, and the real cost of the deal would be lower.

“This weapon will substantially increase the combat capability of the Polish Armed Forces, and will boost the security of Poland and the whole of NATO’s eastern flank,” Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said before signing the agreement. He added that apart from security issues, the purchase of HIMARS rocket artillery would strengthen Poland’s position in the international arena.

HIMARS, which will be the basis for the Polish “Homar” territorial defence programme, is an American system of mobile rocket launchers with guided ammunition, with an attack range of 300 km (ca. 190 miles). It will be designated to hit specific, strategic targets, such as military objects (artillery, anti-aircraft weapon batteries), logistics facilities and command points. HIMARS is another key element in the modernisation of the Polish Rocket and Artillery Forces, after the self-propelled howitzers “Krab” and self-propelled mortars “Rak”.