Italy offers Poland joint design of European heavy tank

Both Rome and Warsaw have made known their interest to Germany and France regarding the program of MGCS new generation battle tank these last months. However, the Franco-German couple seems, in both cases, not having given a favorable response to these approaches, nor at Rome's request to integrate the MGCS program into the framework of European permanent structured cooperation, or PESCO. Therefore, it is hardly surprising to discover that Italy offered Poland the common design of a new heavy combat tank, and opened up access to it to other European partners, such as the Spain.

according to the Polish website, the Polish government seems interested in this offer, which would moreover meet the replacement schedule of its T72 and PT91 better, than the MGCS program which foresees a too late entry into service for Warsaw around 2035. Polish industry could probably negotiate a dominant position within such cooperation, simply because of the volume of armor required to replace its 600 tanks dating from the time of the Warsaw Pact. In addition, the Italian strategy is clearly to rely on the frustrations created by the rigidity of the MGCS program in Europe, the door remaining, for the time being, closed to other actors.

Derived from the T72M1, the Polish PT91 Twarty entered service in 1995, but still falls short of the performance of European heavy battle tanks like the Leopard 2 or the Leclerc.

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