Poland to buy Hellfire missiles for AW149 and Apache helicopters

By Defence Industry Europe

The US State Department has approved a possible sale of 800 AGM-114R2 Hellfire missiles and related equipment to Poland.

According to Defense and Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) statement, the estimated cost of a future contract is USD 150 million.

In addition to 800 AGM-114R2 Hellfire missiles, Poland also intends to purchase four M36 Hellfire Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM).

The manufactured and prime contractor of the future contract is the American defence giant Lockheed Martin.

Poland plans to integrate the AGM-114R2 Hellfire missiles with the AW149 multi-role helicopters, Poland’s defence minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced on social media.

The integration of missiles with the helicopters will be handled by the PZL Swidnik, a Polish subsidiary of Italian defence company Leonardo.

In July 2022, Poland’s Ministry of National Defence signed a PLN 8.25 billion (approx. EUR 1.75 billion) contract with PZL Swidnik for 32 AW149 helicopters with deliveries in 2023-2029. The new helicopters will be delivered to Polish land forces.

According to the spokesperson of Poland’s Armament Agency, Poland also intends to equip the future fleet of AH-64E Apache helicopters with AGM-114R2 Hellfire missiles. In September 2022, Poland’s Ministry of National Defence sent an inquiry to the US regarding the acquisition of 96 AH-64E Apache helicopters. However, Poland has not yet signed a contract for Apaches.

In addition, Poland is considering the purchase of AGM-179 JAGM (Joint Air-to-Ground Missiles) for its fleet of attack helicopters.



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