Poland sends LoR to buy 500 M142 HIMARS firing MGM-140 ATACMS

WARSAW ($1=4.29 Polish Zlotys) — Poland wants to purchase approximately 500 M142 HIMARS Missile Launchers [MLRA] from the United States. Poland continues to buy weapons at full speed. BulgariaMilitary.com recalls that yesterday [May 25] Poland sent a letter of the request [LoR] for the purchase of an additional air defense system Patriot [HSS] from the United States yesterday. Today, May 26, it was announced that LoR has been shipped to purchase approximately 500 HIMARS MLRSs.

Poland sends LoR for 500 M142 HIMARS firing MGM-140 missiles
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A statement from Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said the 500 M142 HIMARS MLRA would be purchased from the United States for 80 HOMAR batteries as part of the country’s missile and artillery capabilities. With this development, the number of HIMARS launchers in the inventory of the Polish army will exceed the number of HIMARS in the inventory of the American army.

Poland has paid $ 414 million for 20 HIMARS launchers in 2019. As part of the purchase, technology will also be transferred to HOMAR missile systems. The HIMARS system can carry a total of 6 missiles or MGM-140 ATACMS missiles.

About M142 HIMARS

The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System [HIMARS] is a light multiple rocket launcher designed in the late 1990s. This system also falls into the category of tactical ballistic system, because it fires a missile type MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System [ATACMS].

American 227mm M270 MLRS and M142 HIMARS strike in Donetsk region
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The manufacturer of M142 HIMARS is Lockheed Martin. The system has documented participation in three wars: the war in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, and the Syrian Civil War. According to unconfirmed information and according to the claims of Ukraine’s military intelligence, the M142 HIMARS was delivered by the United States to the Ukrainian armed forces, and the system is actively involved in the war against Russia.

The United States, Singapore, the UAE, Jordan, and Romania are the operators of M142 HIMARS at the moment. Poland is the next country to acquire [or has already acquired] this missile system, and potential customers of M142 HIMARS are at least ten other countries from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

M142 HIMARS launches 227 mm caliber missiles. Depending on the type of ammunition, the system has a different operating range – from 2 to 300 km and from 300 to 500 km if it uses Precision Strike Missile [PsM] – a missile also manufactured by Lockheed Martin. The crew consists of three people, the main armament is 6 × 227 mm M26, M30 / M31 series rockets, or 1 MGM-140 ATACMS missile.

The M142 HIMARS is mounted on a standard Army M1140 truck frame. It is powered by a diesel engine that guarantees a top speed of 85 km / h [52.8 mph]. With one refueling of the fuel tank, the system can travel just under 500 km.

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