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    Poland Gets 1st US-Made HIMARS Rocket Launchers amid Concerns over War in Ukraine

    Poland Gets 1st US-Made HIMARS Rocket Launchers amid Concerns over War in Ukraine

    WARSAW, Poland — Poland has received its first shipment of U.S.-made rocket launchers as part of a defense upgrade amid security concerns due to the war in neighboring .

    Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak and military officials attended an acquisition ceremony at a Warsaw base on Monday.

    Blaszczak said that combat in Ukraine had proven the value of the HIMARS and that NATO member Poland was seeking to procure additional launchers, with a goal of acquiring some 500 units.

    “We are watching the developments in Ukraine, and we know that artillery has a key role in the war, in repelling the Russian invasion,” he said.

    Under a 2019 contract, Poland is spending some $414 million (380 million euros) to buy 18 advanced combat HIMARS launchers and two HIMARS training launchers, with ammunition and related equipment. The deal includes logistics and training.

    The launchers will go to the 1st Artillery Brigade in northeastern Poland, Blaszczak said.

    “Their task will be to deter (an) aggressor and strengthen Poland's armed forces on the nation's and NATO eastern flank,” the minister said.

    A HIMARS academy is to be launched in the city of Torun to provide logistics, servicing and training, including for troops from other NATO countries that have or to get the launchers.

    Produced by American aerospace company Lockheed Martin, the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System is a multiple rocket launcher with a…

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