Poland requests $250m sale of HIMARS from US

30 November 2017 (Last Updated November 30th, 2017 11:07)

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of a high-mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS) to Poland.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of a high-mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS) to Poland.

The estimated $250m FMS was requested by the Government of Poland and has been approved by the US State Department.

The FMS covers the delivery of 16 M31A1 unitary guided multiple launch rocket system (GMLRS), nine GMLRS M30A1 alternative warheads and 61 army tactical missile systems (ATACMS) M57 unitary.

The deal will also include the probable procurement of eight universal position navigation units (UPNU), 34 low-cost reduced-range (LCRR) practice rockets, 1,642 guidance and control section assemblies for GMLRS, missile common test sets and devices, and testing precision, lightweight GPS receivers (PLGR).

Under the possible sale, Poland also requested equipment, the US Government and contractor services, training, and other related elements of logistics and programme support.

“The estimated $250m FMS was requested by the Government of Poland and has been approved by the US State Department.”

Poland plans to use the defence articles and services to modernise its armed forces and expand capability that would help strengthen its homeland defence and deter regional threats.

The deal will help the country achieve its military goals of enhancing capability while improving interoperability with the US and other allies.

Lockheed Martin has been cited as the potential principal contractor for the proposed sale.

The deal case will support the parallel direct commercial sale (DCS) between Lockheed Martin and Polska Grupa Zbrojenjowa (PGZ), the prime contractor for this effort in Poland.

HIMARS is a lightweight mobile launcher that fires Guided MLRS and TACMS munitions.