Poland will receive the first HIMARS. How much did it cost?

When it comes to the price of HIMARS and its missiles to it, which Ukraine receives in the form of aid, the true cost of these weapons can be shocking.

Polish Minister of Defense Mariusz Blaszczak announced that the first ordered HIMARS would arrive in the country on Monday, May 15.

He made such a statement during the congress of the “Law and Justice” party, listing other Polish orders in the form of Patriot, which in the amount of four units cost 4.75 billion dollars, fifth-generation F-35 fighters, the first tranche for 32 machines cost 4.6 billion dollars, as well as Abrams 250 tanks, which in the M1A2 version fetched 4.75 billion dollars, and 116 in the M1A1 version (with a significant amount of ammunition) for 3.75 billion dollars.

At the same time, the first order for HIMARS was placed by Poland even before the start of a full-scale Russian invasion. Back in 2019, the country ordered 20 launchers, 270 GMLRS missiles and 30 ATACMS missiles, and it cost Warsaw $655 million, according to a report from the US Department of Defense’s Office of Military Cooperation. And these cars will arrive in Poland on May 15.

Already against the background of the full-scale aggression of the Russian Federation in May 2022, Poland declared its desire to receive 500 HIMARS. Warsaw received the corresponding approval for 18 M142 HIMARS launchers and 468 launch modules for installation on its chassis in February 2023, with a maximum price tag of $10 billion. A significant part of the agreement is, of course, missiles – almost 1000 GMLRS, half a thousand GMLRS-ER (with a range of 150 km) and 45 units of ballistic ATACMS.

But we note that even this number was not enough because in the fall of 2022, Warsaw also ordered almost 300 Korean analogs of HIMARS – K239 Chunmoo. And this is another 3.55 billion dollars. And, of course, these are not all the country’s defense contracts for the last time, which objectively transform the Polish Army of the hypothetical year 2030 into, at least, one of the most powerful armies in Europe.