As Defence Industry Europe reported, the first batch of five HIMARS launchers arrived in Poland on May 15. With the recent delivery of two more launchers, Poland now possesses a total of seven HIMARS launchers in its arsenal.
These deliveries of HIMARS launchers to Poland are being carried out under a government-to-government contract that was signed in 2019. The contract, valued at $414 million, includes 20 HIMARS launchers and two additional launchers for training purposes. It also encompasses provisions for ammunition, spare parts, training and logistical support, as well as additional equipment.
The Polish Ministry of Defense has stated that an additional 13 HIMARS launchers will be delivered to the country by the end of 2023.
Furthermore, Warsaw is presently engaged in negotiations with Washington for another contract regarding HIMARS systems. In February of this year, the U.S. authorities responded to Poland’s request and agreed to potentially sell an additional 488 launchers, along with munitions boasting a range of 300 km. The agreement also includes test kits, computer and communications equipment, training, and system integration support. These new launchers will be mounted on Jelcz wheeled chassis, which are produced by the Polish defense industry.