Defense minister signs letter of request for more rocket launchers

In 2019, an inter-governmental agreement was signed for mobile HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) sets, produced by the US company Lockheed Martin. Toms Kalnins/PAP/EPA

Poland's defence minister has signed a letter of request for additional US-made HIMARS rocket launchers.

The M142 HIMARS is a light multiple rocket launcher, which can carry up to six missiles.

Mariusz Błaszczak wrote on Twitter on Thursday: "I have signed a LOR (letter of request - PAP) concerning the acquisition of around 500 M142 HIMARS launchers for the needs of more than 80 Homar battery systems."

In 2019, an inter-governmental agreement was signed for mobile HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) sets, produced by the US company Lockheed Martin. The value of the contract is USD 414 million.

As part of the deal, Poland is set to receive 18 combat and two training launchers as well as supplies of ammunition and vehicles, and logistics and technical support.

The deliveries are expected to be completed by 2023.

Two days ago, Błaszczak also announced the signing of a letter of request for additional Patriot air defense batteries.