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The State Department approved the sale of 116 Abrams tanks to Poland

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The US State Department has authorized the sale of 116 M1A1 Abrams tanks and related equipment to Poland at an estimated cost of $3.75 billion, the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced. Deputy Prime Minister, head of the Ministry of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak wrote that this is “another step on the way to increasing the armored potential of the Polish Armed Forces”.

“The proposed sale will enhance Poland’s ability to meet current and future threats by providing a credible force that is capable of deterring adversaries and participating in operations FOR THIS“, announced the DSCA.

According to the announcement, the order included, among others, 116 tanks, as well as 12 M88A2 HERCULES recovery vehicles, eight M1074 Joint Assault Bridge tank bridges, six M577 command vehicles, 26 HMMWV (Humvee) vehicles and 26 JLTV light armored vehicles, as well as rifles machine guns and tens of thousands of tank ammunition.

Błaszczak: a strong army is a safe Poland

“The next step on the way to increasing the armored potential of the Polish Armed Forces is behind us. Department of State USA agreed to sell to Poland an additional 116 Abrams tanks with ammunition. We start price negotiations. First deliveries possible in 2023. A strong army is a safe Poland,” the deputy prime minister, head of the Ministry of National Defense, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday evening Mariusz Blaszczak.

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According to the announcement of the Polish Ministry of Defense, these tanks are to fill the gap after the machines that Poland donated Ukraine. As Błaszczak said, Poland was to receive these Abrams at the cost of deconservation and a package of spare parts. These are older vehicles than the 250 Abrams M1A2 SEP v3 previously ordered by Poland.

Main photo source: U.S. Army

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