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HIMARS artillery system production to feature participation from Poland


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Warsaw, May 4 – The Polish military-industrial complex will participate in the production of the American artillery system HIMARS, mentioned Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Mariusz Blaszczak briefing during a visit to the Lockheed Martin plant in the United States.
According to him, he discussed the issue of joint production of the HIMARS system with the leadership of Lockheed Martin. “After negotiations with the board of directors of Lockheed Martin, I heard assurances about readiness to cooperate with the Polish military-industrial complex, readiness to strengthen the Polish defense industry, which is also beneficial for the United States, because it will create an opportunity to increase production volumes, if we talk about HIMARS, ”said Blaschke.
As the Polish Minister of Defense noted, already this year a “HIMARS Center” will appear in Poland, which will become “a center for the maintenance and production of HIMARS not only for the needs of Poland, but also for European countries”.

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Blaszczak also announced negotiations on the possibility of producing Javelin anti-tank missile systems in Poland and expressed interest in purchasing HIMARS missiles with a range of up to 500 km.
In 2019, Poland purchased 20 HIMARS systems with 18 combat launchers and a training launch pad for $414 million. According to Blaschak, the first copies will arrive this year.
In February of this year, Poland expressed a desire to purchase another 500 such systems, and the US government responded positively to the Polish request, agreeing to sell 484 launchers, including 18 on American vehicles, and install the rest on Polish trucks. Also in February, it became known that the US Congress approved the sale of almost 500 HIMARS to Poland. The maximum order value is $10 billion.
The HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) was developed in the USA by BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin in 1996-2000 and has been produced since 2003. Created on the basis of the US Army’s FMTV three-axle chassis, it can carry six missiles or a tactical ballistic missile One ATACMS, and the effective firing range for certain types of ammunition is up to 80 kilometers.

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