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Poland to buy AMRAAMs, HIMARS systems from U.S.

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Poland to buy AMRAAMs, HIMARS systems from U.S.
By James LaPorta
Nov. 29, 2017
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Poland is to receive the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, pictured, and AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles as part of two deals approved this week by the U.S. State Department. Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense

Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The State Department has approved possible foreign military sales to Poland for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles as NATO continues to bolster Poland's defense arsenal -- a move that Russia says undermines regional security.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which is in charge of foreign military arms sales and cooperation between the U.S. and NATO partners, announced the deals on Tuesday.

The sales, valued at a combined estimated cost of $500 million, are for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, and AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles, or AMRAAM. Both deals still require congressional approval before being finalized.

If approved, Poland will receive 150 AIM-120-7 AMRAAMs and HIMARS coupled with 16 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems, an M31A1 Unitary and nine Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System.

The deal also includes 61 surface-to-surface guided missiles, as well as navigation and communication devices, training rockets and other service equipment.

The proposed deals are the second time this month that the departments of State and Defense have approved the sale of weapons to Poland. Nine days ago, Poland received notice that it would receive an Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System with Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin being tapped to provide the services.

That deal, worth $10.5 billion, gave Poland 208 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement missiles, a surface-to-air missile system.

The new deals will "support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally which has been, and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe," State Department officials say.

The weapon systems provided to Poland are expected to be used to modernize its armed forces and strengthen its homeland defense capabilities, with State Department officials saying "the proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region."

The Russian government, however, disagrees with the U.S. assessment and has consistently denounced the sale of military hardware to Poland, claiming it undermines regional security. Russia's Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu spoke out against the surge of NATO military drills in October, saying that "only in the past three months there have been over 30 drills in East European and Baltic states."

Early last year, Poland deployed a 46,000 strong army to its border as a show of force amid growing concern over Kremlin efforts to expand Russia's influence across eastern Europe -- a call back to the Cold War era under the former USSR, when Russia's influence and borderlines stretched across Poland, all the way to East Germany, Hungary and down to Bulgaria.

Lockheed Martin in Grand Prairie, Texas, will be the primary contractor on the contract, with support from Polska Grupa Zbrojenjiowa, a Polish-state owned defense contractor.

U.S. officials assess that there will be "no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale."

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Poland – AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM)

Transmittal No: 17-55
WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2017


The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Poland for AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) for an estimated cost of $250 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of Poland has requested to purchase up to one hundred fifty (150) AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM). Also included are missile containers, weapon system support, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated cost is $250 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally. Poland continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in Central Europe.

This potential sale would support Poland’s F-16 fighter program and enhances Poland’s ability to provide for its own territorial defense and support coalition operations. Poland previously purchased the AIM-120C-7 missile and will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The prime contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, AZ. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Poland.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

http://dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/poland-high-mobility-artillery-rocket-system-himars


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Poland – High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS)

Transmittal No: 17-64
WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2017


The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Poland for a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) for an estimated cost of $250 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of Poland has requested to purchase: sixteen (16) Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) M31A1 Unitary, nine (9) Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) M30A1 alternative warheads, sixty-one (61) Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) M57 Unitary. Also included are eight (8) Universal Position Navigation Units (UPNU), thirty-four (34) Low Cost Reduced Range (LCRR) practice rockets, one thousand six hundred forty-two (1,642) Guidance and Control Section Assemblies for GMLRS, Missile Common Test Sets and Devices, testing Precision, Lightweight GPS Receivers (PLGR), support equipment, U.S. Government and contractor services, training, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $250 million.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally which has been, and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe. This sale is consistent with U.S. initiatives to provide key allies in the region with modern systems that will enhance interoperability with U.S. forces and increase security.

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. This will contribute to Poland’s military goals of updating capability while further enhancing interoperability with the United States and other allies. Poland will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin in Grand Prairie, TX. This FMS case will support the parallel Direct Commercial Sale (DCS) between Lockheed Martin and Polska Grupa Zbrojenjowa (PGZ), the prime contractor for this effort in Poland. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require U.S. Government or contractor representatives to travel to Poland for program management reviews to support the program. Travel is expected to occur approximately twice per year as needed to support equipment fielding and training.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

http://dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/poland-high-mobility-artillery-rocket-system-himars
 

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