Poland will mount HIMARS MLRS on a local-made Jelcz chassis
WARSAW ($1=4.70 Polish Zlotys) — 40 percent will be the share of Polish components that will be integrated into the newly ordered weapon systems. It is about the Chunmoo missile launchers from South Korea and HIMARS from the USA. Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Poland Mariusz Blaszczak approved the framework agreement. It was signed on Wednesday, November 10th.
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The framework agreement between the Armaments Agency and the PGZ-WRR consortium defines the terms and conditions for concluding individual executive agreements related to the incorporation of homemade elements into the fire modules of the long-range rocket artillery.
The first weapons systems with Polish components are expected to arrive in 2023. These will be South Korean Chunmoo missile launchers mounted on local Jelcz chassis. Blaszczak expressed hope that this is only the beginning of the integration of Polish-made products into Western weapon systems and hopes that their share will increase in the future.
According to the framework agreement, in the coming years, Poland will integrate its products into artillery reconnaissance vehicles, control vehicles, ammunition, and technical evacuation, unmanned aerial vehicles, communication, and radar systems, and a package of logistics equipment.
The popular missile launcher in Ukraine – HIMARS will also be mounted on the Polish chassis. Blaszczak praised the American weapons system, stressing that the Ukrainians have shown against the Russian aggressor how effective HIMARS is. “Our goal is to quickly and effectively strengthen the combat potential of the Polish armed forces, and we also try to make the most of the potential of the Polish defense industry,” said Mariusz Blaszczak.
“There is no doubt that this type of weapon will significantly strengthen the combat potential of the Polish Army. To scare the aggressor away, so that the Polish Army would be as interoperable as possible with the allied military, primarily the United States,” the Deputy Prime Minister also said.
In the future, Poland expects technology transfer from its partners as well. Most likely, say Polish experts, the first country to do so is South Korea. However, Poland ordered huge quantities of self-propelled howitzers and tanks from the South Croatian producers.
The share of Polish participation in the production of these systems will increase dramatically. It is now estimated at just over 40 percent and several billion Polish zlotys, according to Armaments Agency spokesman Lt. Col. Krzysztof Platek. Platek added that Warsaw and Washington are currently in talks about technology transfer, but the results will become clear in months.
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