Poland would close to acquiring 250 American M1A2 Abrams tanks

Replacing the T-72 and PT-91 tanks in service with the Polish Armed Forces is one of Warsaw's most important priorities in its effort to modernize its armies, but in recent years this has come up against, to a more than sluggish offer in the West in this area, particularly in Europe. After acquiring 128 leopard 2 A4 in 2002, then 119 Leopard 2 A4 and A5 in 2013 from the stocks of the German Army, the Polish authorities had spared no effort in finding a second, more economical model to replace its armored vehicles inherited from the Soviet era, and which today Today marks the weight of the years. Thus, negotiations were undertaken with Paris in view of joining the MGCS program, then with Seoul around K2 Black Panther. Rome, for its part, proposed a bilateral collaboration in Warsaw to develop a new generation tank, after the failure of the rapprochement with the Franco-German MGCS.

In the end, none of these avenues seemed to have been successful, and according to the Polish press, the country's authorities have since approached Washington with a view to acquiring 250 M1A2 Abrams SEPv3 tanks, or M1A2C, the most successful standard of the American tank to date, the very one qcurrently entering service with the US Army. The negotiations would also concern a dozen additional recovery and training tanks, for a total budget estimated at between 11 and 18 billion zlotys, or between €2,4 and 4,2 billion. Such a gap, which is more of a rake than a fork, is explained by the more or less important package of ammunition, spare parts and the service offer (training, simulators, etc.) which will accompany the acquisition of the tanks. themselves.

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The replacement of the Polish PT91, derived from the Soviet T72, is one of the priorities of Warsaw

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