Poland to sign rocket artillery deal with US

An agreement on the purchase of a division of HIMARS self-propelled rocket artillery will be signed on Wednesday, Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak announced on Sunday.

The price for 20 launchers with ammunition is USD 414 million.

The equipment will be purchased within the framework of the Homar programme.

"On Wednesday we will sign an agreement with the United States government concerning the delivery to the Polish Armed Forces of a HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) division; a division which significantly increases the combat capability of the Polish Armed Forces," Minister Błaszczak stated during a visit to the First Warsaw Armoured Brigade.

He stressed that this is a modern weapon, tested in combat conditions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria and used by the US and other NATO members including Romania. He added that "it is equipment which gives a guarantee of effectiveness on the battlefield," and which acts as a real deterrent to potential enemies.

The defence minister highlighted other weapons deals concluded in the last year, including for the Patriot air defence system, mortars, drones, Black Hawk helicopters for special forces, and trucks.