Poland moves forward with WR-300 Homar MRL project

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Remigiusz Wilk, Warsaw - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
09 March 2015


Poland is moving forwards with its WR-300 multiple rocket launcher programme. The new MRL's 300km range will offer a significant increase in capability compared to the Polish Land Forces' current WR-40 Langusta 122 mm MRLs (pictured). Source: Polish Land Forces/Captain Remigiusz Kwiecinski
The Polish Armament Inspectorate has invited Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) into negotiations for the delivery of wheeled WR-300 Homar (Lobster) multiple rocket launchers (MRLs).

The negotiations with HSW, which is owned by the Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ), are planned to begin in June, with the contract is likely to be signed in the fourth quarter of 2015. The purchase is expected to be worth PLN2.61 billion (USD690 million).

The Polish Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to purchase sixty WR-300 launchers by 2022. These will form a rocket artillery battalion operations module (Dywizjonowy Modul Ogniowy, DMO), divided into three Homar combat modules, plus on training module.

Czeslaw Mroczek, the deputy minister of defence responsible for the modernisation of the Polish Armed Forces, announced the first WR-300 MRL systems will be delivered to the land forces in 2018. "That way we acquire launchers with 300 km range", he said.

The self-propelled wheeled WR-300 Homar will be based on wheeled Jelcz 6x6 truck chassis. It will have a surface-to-surface capability at a range of up to 300 km, compared with the 40 km range of the wheeled WR-40 Langusta MRLs currently used by the Polish Army.

Poland is also interested in purchasing ammunition for the Homar programme for estimated PLN1.4 billion (USD370 million). The calibre and types of missiles and their warheads will be selected during negotiations. IHS Jane's understands that Poland is mainly considering the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Rockets MGM-140 ATACMS, but other options such as the IMI Lynx and IAI LORA are also being taken into consideration.
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