U.S. State Department authorizes sale of 800 Hellfire missiles for Poland

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The US State Department has approved the sale of 800 AGM-114R2 Hellfire missiles to Poland at an estimated USD 150 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) of the Pentagon announced on Thursday.

According to the DSCA press release, the package requested by Poland includes 800 Hellfire missiles and four training missiles as well as technical support.

"The proposed sale will improve Poland’s military goals of updating capability while further enhancing interoperability with the United States and other allies. Poland intends to use these defense articles and services to modernize its armed forces and expand its capability to strengthen its homeland defense and deter regional threats. Poland will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces," the statement says.

You can read the full press release here. The AGM-114R2 is one of the newer variants of the laser-guided Hellfire precision anti-tank missiles. They are most commonly used by AH-64 Apache helicopters and MQ-9 Reaper drones. Poland ordered both of these weapon systems.