The State Department has approved the possible $200 million foreign military sale to produce the Polish government using the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles Extended Range, or JASSM-ER, created by Lockheed Martin Corp., based on a Nov. 28, 2016, announcement from the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
In addition towards the U.S. Air Force (which this fall received its 2,000th munition), the weapon is employed from the governments of Finland and Australia. Poland is its third international customer.
The Polish military wants to purchase 70 with the projectiles, a semi-stealthy GPS-guided cruise missile equipped with a penetrating blast-fragmentation warhead meant to strike targets from as distant as 620 miles, as outlined by the production along with the manufacturer’s website.
The Polish air force offers to outfit the munition onto its F-16C/D fighter jets. In addition for the standoff missiles, the sale necessitates flight test vehicles, simulators, spare parts and other equipment.
In an international military sale, known in military parlance as FMS, the U.S. buys weapons or equipment on behalf of a different government. Countries approved to participate in within the program may obtain military hardware or services by using their own funding or money provided through U.S.-sponsored assistance programs. The release doesn’t specify which government would buy the transaction.
“The proposed sale will contribute for the foreign policy as well as the national security objectives of the United States by making an effort to increase the security of a NATO ally,” it states. “Poland continues to be an essential force for political stability and economic progress in Central Europe.”
More specifically, the sale “will improve Poland’s power to meet current and future threats of enemy air and ground weapons systems,” the release states. “Poland use the enhanced capability like a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense. These weapon and capabilities upgrades will allow Poland to boost its air-to-ground strike capabilities and increase its contribution to future NATO operations.”
Poland has recently hosted major joint military training exercises involving U.S. and NATO troops as part of your plan to reassure eastern European nations concerned by Russian military activity in the region.
The U.S. military recently completed the largest single shipment of ammunition for Army and Air Force units in Europe in more than two decades.
Some 4,000 soldiers from your U.S. Army’s 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, are scheduled to reach in Europe early the coming year, marking the beginning of the continuous rotation of U.S.-based armored brigades to the continent. The brigade will consolidate in Poland before deploying its units across seven countries from Estonia to Bulgaria starting in February.