Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Poland, the first European country to buy Abrams from the US just received the first tanks

 Niezalezna(.)pl: Today, the first elements of our "armored curtain" arrived at the port of Szczecin - 14 Abrams tanks are being unloaded. The strength of the Polish army is growing every day! - Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook.

In January this year, The Ministry of National Defense concluded a contract for the supply of 116 M1A1 Abrams tanks and accompanying equipment, including 12 M88 Hercules recovery vehicles, assault bridges, and command vehicles. The value of the contract is approximately $1.4 billion, of which nearly $200 million is covered by the American side as part of the aid funds granted to Poland. The US also agreed to sell ammunition to Poland, including sub-caliber bullets with a depleted uranium core.

Deliveries of tanks and other equipment are scheduled for 2023-24. The tanks, previously used by the U.S. Marine Corps, are undergoing a thorough overhaul and will be delivered with their mileage reset.

The purchase of 116 Abrams retired from the Marine Corps was made to speed up the replenishment of equipment after donations to Ukraine.