Poland chooses American supplier for new anti-tank missiles

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The United States Department of State announced that it has granted the sale of 180 Javelin anti-tank missiles and approximately 80 firing stations for Poland. In itself, this sale is not a surprise, since Poland had made a request last September for the acquisition from the Pentagon of 185 FGM-148 Javelin missiles, sixty fire stations and five C-130H tactical transport aircraft.

This new sale of American military equipment in Poland is part of the logic of rearmament and modernization of the Polish armed forces, in particular the armored and anti-tank forces, which now constitute NATO's first line of defense in the event of a Russian attack from Belarus or Kaliningrad. Nevertheless, this umpteenth acquisition of American equipment outside any competitive framework continues to annoy more and more the chancelleries and industrialists of Western Europe.

Estimated at around $ 100 million, this contract for the purchase of anti-tank missiles is only a drop in the bucket compared to the amounts envisaged for the acquisition of 32 F-35 stealth fighters, for example. On the symbolic and industrial level, however, it is a real thorn in the side for the industrialist MBDA which now markets its MMP missile (Medium Range Missile) and would like to make it a new standard for European forces.

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Javelins commanded by Poland should equip infantry units. The missile can nevertheless be integrated into vehicles, as here on an American Stryker.

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