Poland will acquire 250 tanks of the third generation ABRAMS M1A2 SEPv3, the most technologically advanced version of the Abrams tank, to deploy them in the east of the country.
Visiting the United States, Poland’s Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak met with the management and employees of the Lima Army Tank Plant - a factory where modern Abrams tanks are produced in Ohio.
According to a written statement from Polish officials, Błaszczak noted that modern tanks will strengthen eastern Poland.
“From the Polish point of view, the purchase of Abrams tanks is very important. It increases the defense capabilities of our country and the capabilities of the Polish Army.”
“From the point of view of the U.S. Army, it is also building the interoperability of the U.S. Army with the Polish Army,” he said.
The acquired third-generation ABRAMS M1A2 SEPv3 tanks will be directed to the 18th Mechanized Division - a very important element in our country's defense system.
Along with the tanks, Poland will also receive a logistics and training package.
Pointing out the Abrams as the vehicles that assure the top protection for the crew, Błaszczak said the followings:
“We cannot speak of an unequivocal situation here because we are always aware that it is a weapon. On the other hand, if we compare the possibilities offered by Abrams - the protection of the crew - with the capabilities of other tanks, then the Abrams tanks should undoubtedly be at the top of this list."
“The tanks obviously need a service, so if Poland will purchase 250 tanks, and we know that there are American troops stationed in Europe that are equipped with Abrams, this is another recipient of these maintenance services. This is our offer to create a service center together with the Polish arms industry. Of course, we are at the beginning of this path and there is a lot ahead of us, but I am optimistic. Facts speak for us, actions and actions related to the fact that Poland, as the first country in Europe, will have the best tanks in the world.”