The US State Department approved the sale of 20 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers to Poland to strengthen security in the region and modernize the Polish army, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced.
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency in its statement described the entire deal with Poland:
“In total Poland is to buy twenty (20) High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) M142 Launchers, thirty-six (36) Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) M31 Unitary, nine (9) Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) M30A1 Alternative Warheads, thirty (30) Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) M57 Unitary, twenty-four (24) Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems (AFATDS), twenty (20) Multiple Launcher Pod Assembly M68A2 Trainers, twenty-four (24) M1151A1 High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs), and nine (9) M1151A1 High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheel Vehicles (HMMWVs). Also included are twenty (20) Low Cost Reduced Range (LCRR) practice rockets, support equipment, communications equipment, spare and repair parts, test sets, batteries, laptop computers, publications and technical data, facility design, personnel training and equipment, systems integration support, Quality Assurance Teams and a Technical Assistance Fielding Team, United States Government and contractor engineering and logistics personnel services, and other related elements of logistics support, training, sensors, and other related elements of logistics and program support.”
The prime contractor will be Lockheed Martin. The estimated price is $655 million.
The sale aims to support the foreign policy and the national security of the US by improving the security of a NATO ally. Poland will utilize the equipment by strengthening its homeland defense and to deter regional threats.
On November 28th, Poland’s Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak signed off on a new program to update the country’s military, including strengthened cybersecurity and new air defense and long-range missile systems.
In a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in September, Poland’s President Andrzej Duda said Poland was ready to invest $2 billion to facilitate the development of a permanent base. The base is supposed to be named “Fort Trump.”
Duda also said that he wants the Polish government to increase defense spending to 2.5% of GDP by 2024, instead of by 2030 as initially planned.
This also follows the announcement of Poland’s new army division – the 18th Mechanized Division, which will be placed along the country’s eastern border.
“The 18th mechanized division will meet all NATO standards and will be ready for use as part of the Allied reinforcement, but its main task will be to protect the territory of the Republic of Poland,” the Defense Ministry said.
There has been an apparent military buildup in Eastern Europe in 2018. It, as expected, is focused on deterrence of the presumed “Russian aggression” and to protect the Eastern European countries from foreign influence, which is to say that US influence is not foreign.