The Polish Armament Group (PGZ) has entered talks with Lockheed Martin regarding the inclusion of the company's high-mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS) in the Polish Homar programme.
Under the programme, the PGZ aims to acquire three squadron-level fire modules for multiple rocket launchers.
The partnership will help Poland to update its defence technology through technology acquisition, in-country production / manufacturing, and modernisation.
Developed as part of an advanced concept technology demonstration (ACTD) programme, HIMARS is a highly-mobile artillery rocket system that offers the firepower of a multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) on a wheeled chassis.
Lockheed has designed HIMARS to engage and defeat artillery, trucks, light armour and personnel carriers, as well as support troops.
The system is capable of launching its weapons and retreating at high speed before enemy forces locate the launch site.
In addition to the standard MLRS round, HIMARS can launch the entire MLRS family of munitions, including the extended-range rocket, the reduced-range practice rocket, and all future variants.
The HIMARS carries a single six-pack of MLRS rockets, or one army tactical missile system (ATACMS) missile.
Lockheed’s offer to supply HIMARS has been considered 'most advantageous' by the Polish Armed Forces.
Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, a consortium created to execute the Homar programme, has told the Ministry of National Defence of Poland to recommend Lockheed.
This will allow the ministry to commence the government-to-government procedure for granting US administration's consent to the company to participate in the Homar programme.
Image: The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System fires the US Army's new guided multiple launch rocket system. Photo: courtesy of US Army.