The State Department Approves $1.77 Billion Arms Sale to Poland

On March 12, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that the State Department had approved the sale of 821 AGM-158B-2 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles and associated systems for an estimated total cost of $1.77 Billion. 

The associated systems in the deal include testing equipment, weapon system support, integration, classified software, technical documents, logistics, and program support according to the announcement.

These missiles have a range of 1,900 kilometers (1,200 miles) and can carry a 910 kilogram (2,000 pound) warhead.

According to the DCSA, this proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States. The announcement also states that the missile delivery will “not alter the basic military balance in the region”.

These weapons systems enhance Poland’s interoperability with NATO countries and the US. Poland also currently utilizes the JASSM-ER variant of the missile.

This comes as the Ruso-Ukrainian war has entered its second year and Russia’s relations with European nations continue to degrade.