Poland intends to purchase 800 Hellfire missiles to equip its attack helicopters

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Poland intends to purchase 800 Hellfire missiles to equip its attack helicopters

The Polish government has signed an agreement to purchase 800 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles to complete its fleet of attack helicopters. The Polish authorities also plan to purchase Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters from the United States. This issue is already under development.

The contract for the purchase of the aforementioned missiles, manufactured by the American military-industrial corporation Lockheed Martin, was concluded between the Polish Arms Agency and the US Army Security Command (USASAC). According to Polish officials, it is estimated at a total of $150 million. As for the supply of all these weapons, they are expected to begin this year and may stretch until 2029.



As Polish Minister of National Defense Mariusz Blaszczak wrote on his page on the social network the day before, they are intended for the AgustaWestland AW149 multi-purpose military medium-lift helicopters and the AH-64E Apache Guardian aircraft, which are in service with the country's Air Force.

In this context, it is worth noting that the Polish Cabinet of Ministers has been waiting for the arrival of AW149 military helicopters in the amount of 32 units since the summer of last year, as part of the agreement, which are produced by one of the largest Italian engineering holdings, Leonardo. Deliveries of this aircraft are also calculated for the period 2023-2029.

Also, in 2022, the head of the Polish defense department sent a letter of inquiry to the United States government regarding the purchase of 96 American Boeings. Warsaw, as expected, planned to deploy them as part of its 18th Mechanized Division.
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    1. +1
      1 June 2023 16: 02
      The bzdysheki are arming and arming .... Did they really understand that they would follow the harem pants when they ran out?
      1. +3
        1 June 2023 16: 13
        So we must also arm ourselves with our counterparts. The same Kh-MD-E and Product 306 (modification of Product 305 (LMUR) with an increased range of destruction).

        With regards to X-MD-E.

        KTRV reported that with a launch weight of 110 kg, the maximum launch range is up to 40 km; the missile is equipped with a high-explosive fragmentation warhead weighing 30 kg.

        https://tass.ru/armiya-i-opk/15444895
        1. +1
          1 June 2023 21: 27
          Quote from Orange Bigg
          Product 306 (modification of Product 305 (LMUR) with an increased range of destruction).

          Quote from Orange Bigg
          with a launch weight of 110 kg, the maximum launch range is up to 40 km; the missile is equipped with a high-explosive fragmentation warhead weighing 30 kg.

          Is this rocket already in the series? Or just the layout?
          The fact is that Product-305 from 14,5 km. range for NWO conditions is impermissibly insufficient. 40 km. this is the absolute optimum for this type of missile, and with such a warhead. If it is possible (and necessary) to organize target designation from a reconnaissance UAV for such a missile, then it simply will not have a price. Attack helicopters and heavy UAVs could serve as their launchers, launching from a safe distance. It would be nice to have such missiles for Su-25 attack aircraft. Yes, and ground-based mobile launchers on a car chassis would not be superfluous, with target designation from reconnaissance UAVs.
          But they are also going to be used as PRLRs, which would be categorically useful for combating artillery reconnaissance radars and air defense systems in the near rear of the enemy.
    2. +2
      1 June 2023 16: 08
      planning to purchase from the US

      All of Europe plans to buy from the US.
      The Strait has always profited from wars in the Old World.
    3. 0
      1 June 2023 16: 10
      I'm embarrassed to ask - how will the Boeings deploy as part of a mechanized division ???
      1. 0
        1 June 2023 19: 33
        In Poland, helicopters will be part of the 18th mechanized division.
    4. +2
      1 June 2023 16: 23
      The Poles will ruin their state in this arms race. A small-scale regional power living at the expense of Germany (the European Union) and with such ambitions, it will certainly overstrain economically. Money should be invested in peace, not in war. Especially if you have no chance of winning this war, and this is obvious.
      1. +3
        1 June 2023 17: 01
        South Ukrainian
        The Poles will ruin their state in this arms race.

        So they hope that the Germans will roll off their money. After all, they all have to be.
    5. 0
      2 June 2023 01: 21
      It is not clear what they are preparing for. They are a NATO member, the conversation with them will be completely different, I believe, because the country initially had a powerful army and economy compared to dill. It will be easier right away if they turn up - throw TNW, and only then negotiate. Because, as with Svidomo, you won’t be able to mumble.
    6. 0
      2 June 2023 06: 24
      I don't think it will help the Poles. As they say - money down the drain! Will sponsor the American military-industrial complex.

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