Poland on Tuesday signed a deal with Washington to purchase 250 Abrams tanks. Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said the deal is worth approximately $4.75 billion and that the first tanks would be delivered this year.
The sale of M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams tanks to Poland, which is also home to a future U.S. missile defence site, is another sign of a deep and growing defence relationship with the United States. It follows the deployment of nearly 5,000 additional U.S. troops to Poland as well as additional fighter aircraft.
Poland has requested to purchase 250 General Dynamics Land Systems-manufactured M1A2SEPv3 Abrams tanks, 250 AN/VLQ-12 CREW Duke counter-improvised explosive device systems, 26 M88A2 HERCULES Combat Recovery vehicles and 17 M1110 joint assault bridges. Poland also plans to buy as part of the deal 276 M2 .50 caliber machine guns, 500 M240C 7.62mm machine guns and other equipment and parts needed to operate the weapon systems.
On July the 14th , 2021, Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński and Minister Mariusz Błaszczak provided details of the contract for the acquisition of M1A2 ABRAMS SEPv3 tanks by the Polish Armed Forces. Poland is going to acquire 250 tanks of the 3rd generation ABRAMS M1A2 SEPv3. It is the most technologically advanced version of the ABRAMS tank, which entered equipment in 2019-2020. The acquired III generation ABRAMS M1A2 SEPv3 tanks will be directed to the 18th Mechanized Division, which is a very important element in country's defence system. Modern tanks will strengthen eastern Poland. They will be equipped with a system that allows for cooperation with HIMARS launchers and F-35 aircrafts. Tanks also have the ability to use programmable ammunition. Along with the 3rd generation ABRAMS M1A2 SEPv3 tanks, Poland will also receive a logistics and training package.
Poland, whose brigades are currently equipped with Leopard 2A4 and Leopard 2A5 tanks, is seeking to replace the Soviet-designed T-72 and PT-91 tanks, to counter the most modern Russian T-14 Armata tanks.