Last week, the Pentagon's defense cooperation agency DSCA announced the State Department's approval of the sale to Poland 484 HIMARS launcher, of this 18 in American configuration. The maximum value of the possible contract is 10 billion dollars.
As Mariusz Cielma admitted on TOK FM, 10 billion is a significant amount, as “not as big and not as rich on a global scale as Poland”. – I think, that when the Pentagon was doing an appraisal, they all sat down. The United States of HIMARS or its tracked counterparts have limits 650 copies. If we take into account, that Poland wants to be close 500 such HIMARS, and buys close 300 Korean launchers, which have up to twice as many rockets, this is a very big surprise – commented the editor-in-chief of the monthly “New Military Technology”.
How many pieces of equipment are purchased?? – There are very ambitious development plans for the armed forces. Minister Mariusz Błaszczak spoke many times about 300 thousand. soldiers. There will be only rocket artillery squadrons 28. Today, there are a few, half-cropped, that is, they will work during the war. This is the basic logic. Of course, it has to be considered reasonable, that Poland wants to expand the potential of rocket artillery. These already existing Polish units are to have their artillery subunits developed from regiments into brigades, but at the same time, the minister announces the creation of three additional divisions – the guest explained “Connections”.
As emphasized by Mariusz Cielma, do 10 billion spent on HIMARS alone, the costs associated with, among others,. buying bullets, construction of barracks or training for soldiers. In addition, HIMARS are only one element of the armed forces, alongside air defense and armored forces.
Hence the question arises, whether the development of the Polish army is sustainable enough, for Poland to be able to cope with the financial and organizational challenges related to infrastructure. There have been states, which exaggerated with armaments and this translated into their general condition. Unfortunately, weapons cost money, and in the situation, when a country cannot afford large arms, there is a credit loop – the interlocutor of Jakub Janiszewski noticed.
He cited the Soviet Union as an example. – The USSR did not win the arms race with the West, which was one of the reasons for its decline and the general financial and economic position of this state. There is also a question here, to what extent these armaments programs on this scale are feasible for us – said Mariusz Cielma in an interview with TOK FM.