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Poland announces purchase of HIMARS rocket systems from US

Poland’s government on Sunday announced the planned purchase of 20 HIMARS artillery rocket systems from the United States for USD 414 million as part of a military modernisation drive.

The deal, which is scheduled to be finalised on Wednesday, comes after the US Department of State and subsequently Congress approved the sale of 20 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers and related equipment to Poland.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in November that the sale aimed to strengthen security in the region and help modernise Poland’s military.

The agency also said at the time that the HIMARS launchers, produced by American company Lockheed Martin, and related equipment were estimated to cost around USD 655 million.

According to the Polish defence ministry, the HIMARS system is capable of striking targets at distances of up to 300 kilometres.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak on Sunday hailed the deal as an important part of efforts to upgrade Poland’s armed forces.

The Polish government last month signed a multi-million deal to buy a first batch of four US-designed, Polish-built Black Hawk helicopters for the country’s armed forces.

Poland in March last year signed what officials described as a historic deal to buy an American Patriot air defence system for USD 4.75 billion.

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