Poland continues to arm itself, announcing a new contract for the purchase of AGM-114R2 Hellfire missiles.
What is known
This was announced by Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak (Mariusz Błaszczak). We are talking about 800 missiles. Their sale has already been approved by the US State Department. In addition to missiles, the contract also includes technical and logistical support, as well as spare parts. The approximate cost of the order is $ 150,000,000. There is no information yet when the deliveries of missiles will begin.
?????????The Department of State has approved the purchase by Poland of 800 HELLFIRE missiles, which will be equipped with ????????helicopters
AW149 support. He will integrate the rockets with the helicopters @PZLSwidnik.
We are awaiting notification from the US Congress. pic.twitter.com/CS7qq4CKAW
— Mariusz Blaszczak (@mblaszczak) March 16, 2023
By the way, the Polish army is going to use the AGM-114R2 Hellfire along with the new AW 149 multi-purpose helicopters, as well as attack helicopters AH-64E Apache Guardian.
In addition to ???????? support helicopters #AW149also the AH-64E attack helicopters planned to be acquired #APACHE they will be armed with family missiles contracted with them #HELLFIRE. This will allow for a high level of interoperability with the US Army. pic.twitter.com/qdQvJYLU9R
— Krzysztof Płatek (@krzysztof_atek) March 16, 2023
For those who are not in the know
The AGM-114R2 Hellfire is one of the latest Hellfire air-to-ground anti-tank missiles. It has laser guidance and a multipurpose warhead. The rocket weighs 46 kg. It is capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 8 km.
Source: DSCA, @mblaszczak, @krzysztof_atek