Poland Requests $500 Million In AMRAAM and HIMARS Weapons

The State Department approved two separate possible Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) weapons systems to Poland worth $250 million each, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said Nov. 28.

DSCA notified Congress of these possible sales on the same day.

Poland requested up to 150 AMRAAMs as well as associated equipment including missile containers, weapon system support, spare and repair parts, technical documentation, personnel training, and logistics support.

The agency noted this sale would support Poland’s F-16 fighter program and “enhances Poland’s ability to provide for its own territorial defense and support coalition operations.”

DSCA highlighted Poland previously purchased the AIM-120C-7 system and will have no difficulties adding these weapons to its armed forces.

The prime contractor for this sale is Raytheon [RTN].

Separately, Poland requested 16 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) M31A1 Unitary, nine Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) M30A1 alternative warheads, and 61 Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) M57 Unitary missiles. The purchase also includes eight Universal Position Navigation Units (UPNU), 34 Low Cost Reduced Range (LCRR) practice rockets, 1,642 Guidance and Control Section Assemblies for GMLRS, and various testing and logistics support services.

DSCA said Poland would use these systems to modernize its armed forces and expand its capability to defense its homeland and deter regional threats. The HIMARS would also update Poland’s capability while increase interoperability with the U.S.

The primary contractor for the HIMARS is Lockheed Martin [LMT]. The agency said this FMS will support the parallel Direct Commercial Sale (DCS) between Lockheed Martin and the prime contractor for the program in Poland, Polska Grupa Zbrojenjowa (PGZ).

Implementation for the second sale would require an unspecified amount of U.S. government or contractor representatives to travel to Poland to support the program in program management reviews about two times per year as needed.

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