By confirming the acquisition of Abrams tanks, Poland takes a strong position in Europe

Barely a few days after the Polish press fanned the discussions between Warsaw and Washington about a possible acquisition of Abrams M1A2 SEPv3 tanks (or M1A2C), the Polish Defense Ministry confirmed this morning to have signed a memorandum of understanding to replace the 232 T-72s currently in service with 4 armored battalions by the American heavy tank, with the first deliveries which should intervene from 2022. The exact amount of the contract, as well as its terms, have not yet been communicated, but it would seem that a significant part of the armored vehicles thus acquired would be assembled in Poland, and that a center dedicated to maintenance of the Abrams will also be built on site.

By choosing the American tank, Warsaw therefore takes a dominant position in Europe in the field of battle tanks. Indeed, the Polish armies will line up 4 battalions of the new American tank, alongside 4 battalions equipped with German Leopard 2 A4 and A5 tanks, and 4 battalions of PT-91 tanks, Polish version derived from the Soviet T72 and modernized there little, that is to say 12 battalions each aligning 58 heavy tanks, the most important armored force in service in Europe for at least the 15 years to come, while the GDP of the country is only equivalent to a quarter of that of France and a sixth that of Germany. In addition, the strong convergence between the equipment of the Polish and American air (F16, F35) and land (Abrams, Himars, Patriot) forces will certainly promote better operational and logistical cooperation between the armies of the two countries, while the Polish authorities are working hard to encourage the United States to have a greater presence on its soil.

Due to its mass, its dimensions and its logistical footprint, the arrival of the M1A2C Abrams will have a major dimensioning effect within the Polish armed forces.

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