WARSAW ($1 = 4.29 Polish zlotys) — Poland wants to buy about 500 M142 HIMARS missile launchers [MLRA] the United States. Poland continues to buy weapons at full speed. BulgariaMilitary.com recalls that yesterday [May 25] Poland sent a letter of request [LoR] for the purchase of an additional Patriot air defense system [HSS] from the United States yesterday. Today, May 26, it was announced that LoR had been dispatched to purchase approximately 500 MLRS HIMARS.
A statement by 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 US Army.
Poland paid $414 million for 20 HIMARS launchers in 2019. As part of the purchase, the 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 the M142 HIMARS
The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System [HIMARS] is a lightweight multiple rocket launcher designed in the late 1990s. This system also falls into the category of tactical ballistic systems, as it fires an MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System type missile [ATACMS].
The manufacturer of the M142 HIMARS is Lockheed Martin. The system has documented participation in three wars: the Iraq War, the Afghanistan War, and the Syrian Civil War. According to unconfirmed information and according to Ukrainian military intelligence claims, 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, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Romania are currently the operators of the M142 HIMARS. Poland is the next country to acquire [or has already acquired] this missile system, and potential customers for the M142 HIMARS are at least ten other countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
The 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 using Precision Strike Missile [PsM] – a missile also manufactured by Lockheed Martin. The crew consists of three people, the main armament consists of 6 rockets of the M26, M30 / M31 series of 227 mm or one MGM-140 ATACMS missile.
The M142 HIMARS is mounted on a standard Army M1140 truck chassis. It is powered by a diesel engine which guarantees a top speed of 85 km/h [52.8 mph]. With a refueling of the fuel tank, the system can travel just under 500 km.
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