Poland Signs $735M Contract for JASSM-ER Missiles

Poland's Defense Ministry Secures Strategic Purchase of Air-to-Surface Missiles
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 10:55 AM, May 29, 2024
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Poland Signs $735M Contract for JASSM-ER Missiles
F-16 Fighting Falcon armed with JASSM-ER missile

Poland's Defense Ministry signed a contract worth $735 million for the acquisition of JASSM-ER air-to-surface missiles, to be integrated into the Polish Army's arsenal.

This purchase marks the largest investment in this type of missile to date, involving several hundred rockets with a range of approximately 1,000 kilometers.

On Tuesday, May 28, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz formalized the agreement for the delivery of JASSM-ER long-range air cruise missiles. The contract outlines deliveries scheduled between 2026 and 2030.

Kosiniak-Kamysz underscored the necessity of enhancing Poland's arsenal in light of lessons learned from the war in Ukraine, stressing the importance of long-range strike capabilities.

This acquisition complements the recently signed BARBARA aerostat system agreement, Polish defense ministry said in a statement.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of State approved Poland's request to purchase up to 821 JASSM-ER missiles, with related logistics and support, for an estimated cost of $1.77 billion. Poland has previously acquired around 110 baseline AGM-158 missiles for its Lockheed F-16C/Ds, and the new extended-range missiles will also be integrated with the incoming Lockheed F-35As.

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