Poland buys 800 Hellfire II missiles to arm its new AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters

بولندا تشتري 800 صاروخ هيلفاير 2 لتسليح طائرات الهليكوبتر الهجومية الجديدة من طراز AH-64E Apache Guardian

The Polish government has signed a deal for 800 Hellfire II missiles to be flown by a new fleet of attack helicopters, with an order for the Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian still in progress.

The contract for the sale of the missile, which is manufactured by Lockheed Martin, was signed by the department’s armaments agency, the US Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC).

The purchase is valued at around $150 million, officials said, according to Defense News. Deliveries are scheduled to begin this year and extend through 2029.

Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Mariusz Paszczak said in a tweet on Tuesday that the missile is intended to arm AW149 helicopters and AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters.

Earlier in July 2022, the Government of Poland signed an agreement to acquire 32 AW149 helicopters produced by Leonardo Italia.

The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered from 2023 to 2029. The contract includes a logistics, training and simulation package.

Last year, the Polish Ministry of Defense placed an order with the US government for 96 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardians.

Under the plan, the AH-64E helicopters will be stationed in the Army’s 18th Mechanized Division based in Siedlce, about 91 kilometers (56.5 miles) east of the Polish capital Warsaw.

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