The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 20 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) M142 Launchers, and other related equipment to Poland for an estimated cost of $655 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Nov. 29.
Poland has requested to buy 20 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) M142 Launchers, 36 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) M31 Unitary, nine Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) M30A1 Alternative Warheads, 30 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) M57 Unitary, 24 Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems (AFATDS), 20 Multiple Launcher Pod Assembly M68A2 Trainers, 24 M1151A1 High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs), and nine M1151A1 High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheel Vehicles (HMMWVs).
Also included are twenty (20) Low Cost Reduced Range (LCRR) practice rockets, support equipment, communications equipment, spare and repair parts, test sets, batteries, laptop computers, publications and technical data, facility design, personnel training and equipment, systems integration support, Quality Assurance Teams and a Technical Assistance Fielding Team, United States Government and contractor engineering and logistics personnel services, and other related elements of logistics support, training, sensors, and other related elements of logistics and program support.
The statement from DSCA said that this proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a NATO ally which is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe. It added that this sale is consistent with U.S. initiatives to provide key allies in the region with modern systems that will enhance interoperability with U.S. forces and increase security.
Poland intends to use these defense articles and services to modernize its armed forces and expand its capability to strengthen its homeland defense and deter regional threats. This will contribute to Poland’s interoperability with the United States and other allies, the DSCA statement added.
The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin, Grand Prairie, TX.
M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is a U.S. light multiple rocket launcher mounted on a truck frame that is air-transportable via C-130 Hercules tactical transport aircraft or a larger aircraft for rapid deployment.
HIMARS system consists of a launcher loader module and fire control system mounted on a five-ton truck chassis. A specialized armored cab provides additional protection to the three crew members that operate the system. The chassis is produced by BAE Systems and the rocket launching system is produced by Lockheed Martin.
The HIMARS launcher carries six rockets or one MGM-140 ATACMS (Army Tactical Missile System) tactical missile on a five-ton truck. The system can also launch the entire Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Family of Munitions (MFOM) including the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets.
The highly mobile platform delivers accurate, lethal, quick-strike munitions ranging from 15 to 300 kilometers.