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Third batch of M1A1 Abrams tanks arrives in Poland

By Defence Industry Europe

Poland has received the third batch of M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks from the United States. This latest delivery, consisting of 29 tanks, is part of a larger defence agreement between Poland and the United States signed in January last year.

 

The agreement, valued at USD 1.4 billion, of which USD 200 million is financed by the United States, includes the delivery of 116 M1A1 Abrams tanks to the Polish Armed Forces. The deal also encompasses additional heavy equipment, including 12 M88A2 Hercules vehicles, 8 M1074 Joint Assault Bridges, 6 M577 command vehicles, and 26 NG SECM Mobile Maintenance Systems. Along with the hardware, the contract covers training services and logistical support.

 

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The Polish Ministry of National Defence has stated that the tanks being delivered will be adapted to meet the specific requirements of the Polish army, although detailed modifications have not been disclosed.

The first batch of 14 M1A1 Abrams tanks arrived in June 2023, followed by a second batch of 26 tanks in November 2023. With third shipment of 29 tanks, the Polish land forces now operate a total of 69 M1A1 Abrams tanks provided by the United States. Polish Defence Ministry has confirmed that the remaining tanks are scheduled for delivery throughout 2024.

 

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Looking ahead, Poland is planning to enter into separate contracts with the United States for the procurement of 120mm tank ammunition to the M1A1 Abrams tanks.

 

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