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Polish army on spending spree?

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John Beauchamp 11.12.2014 14:27
Poland’s Defence Ministry is buying new equipment, already signing a contract for the purchase of 40 JASMM long-range missiles, and with talks in progress over buying 120 howitzer tank bodies.

US Ambassador Stephen Mull (2L), Deputy PM and MoD Tomasz Siemoniak (2R), Deputy MoD Czesław Mroczek (R) and Pilot Col. Jacek Pszczoła (L) at the 31st Tactical Airbase in Krzesiny. Photo: PAP/Jakub Kaczmarczyk

The 40 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASMM) come at a price of 250 million US dollars, and have a range of 370 km (230 miles) when fired from aircraft such as the F-16 jet. The contract was signed Thursday at the military base in Krzesiny, near Poznan.

The purchase of the JASMMs – which are produced by Lockheed Martin at a unit cost of 1.3 million US Dollars – needed to be given the green light by Congress.

On the Ground

The Polish Army is also in discussions with a South Korean company for the supply of 120 tank bodies.

“Samsung Techwin Co. is set to sign a contract with Poland this month to export some 120 units of the K-9 self-propelled howitzers,” wrote Seoul’s Yonhap agency without naming sources.

The deal is said to have a “multi-million-dollar” value and will see Samsung Techwin exporting “only the body of the howitzer, with the final assembly to be made in Poland with its own turrets,” reports Yonhap. (rg/jb)

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