27 Jul '14, 8pm

Russian Actions Drive Poland's Acquisition Mood

WARSAW — Poland, now more focused on strengthening its precision strike and deterrence capacity, is in talks with the US to acquire AGM-158 joint air-to-surface standoff missiles (JASSMs) for its fleet of F-16 Block 52+ fighter jets. The missiles, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, are expected to expand the fighters’ strike range from 70 kilometers to as much as 370 kilometers. Poland’s requirement for AGM-158 JASSMs is gaining momentum. In April, Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said the acquisition requires a “decision by the US” which is “expected in the short term. “We are currently implementing this procedure, but it seems that things will work out fine,” Siemoniak told local news agency PAP, referring to the obligatory approval of the foreign arms sale by US decision-makers. Under the plan, Poland is planning to acquire up to 200 missiles for its fighter jets....

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140727/DEFREG01/3072...

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