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US plans to sell Poland $10 billion in HIMARS launchers and ammunition

U.S. Marine officers stand next to the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) during the Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFEX) as part of the annual naval exercises between the Philippine Marine Corps and US Marine Corps at Capas, Tarlac province on Oct. 13, 2022. (Jam Sta Rosa/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

The U.S. plans to sell Poland about $10 billion in weapons including 18 HIMARS launchers and ammunition for the highly accurate mobile platform, the Pentagon announced Tuesday, shoring up a crucial NATO ally as Russia presses its war in neighboring Ukraine.

The package will also include the ATACMS long-range missile system and the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System, according to a Defense Department statement. Two people familiar with the matter said Congress has been notified of the proposed deal, under the Foreign Military Sales program.

The sale builds on stepped-up U.S. assistance since Russia’s Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine nearly a year ago. Poland has been a strong supporter of Ukraine, including successfully pressing Germany for permission to send German-made Leopard II tanks to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s forces.

“The proposed sale will improve Poland’s military goals of updating capability while further enhancing interoperability with the United States and other allies,” the Pentagon said. “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.”

The latest HIMARS equipment is in addition to launchers purchased from the U.S. in 2019, which have yet to be delivered. Warsaw also has sought rocket launchers from South Korea. Washington in December approved the sale of up to 116 Abrams tanks and related equipment to Poland, which is providing key equipment to Ukraine even as it looks to bolster its own military.


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