“Our army will gain a large number of the most modern Abrams tanks. If all goes well, their first deliveries will be next year,” Jarosław Kaczyński, deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Law and Justice (PiS), the senior party in Poland's ruling coalition, announced on Wednesday.
During his visit to the First Warsaw Armored Brigade, he emphasised that the tanks planned to be bought are the latest version of the Abrams tanks.
“These are state-of-the-art tanks that are able to manoeuver and fight... with great precision and efficiency. This is a new quality when it comes to arming the land forces,” Mr Kaczyński stressed.
He emphasised that “there will be enough of these tanks to create at least four tank battalions, which is more than what is needed to create a tank brigade.”
“We follow the principle that whoever wants peace must prepare for war. We want peace, but in case of misfortune our defence will be stronger,” he pointed out.
As Minister of Defense Mariusz Błaszczak said, the purchase of modern tanks is “a response to the challenges we face when it comes to international security, and our task is to deter a potential aggressor.”
“We all know where this aggressor lies and what threats are potentially possible. So this is a quick, decisive response to these threats,” he pointed out.
As announced on Wednesday by the Ministry of National Defense, Poland will buy a total of 250 state-of-the-art M1A2 ABRAMS SEPv3 tanks. The governmental programme is worth PLN 23.3 bn (EUR 5.09 bn). “The majority of this amount are tanks, but apart from them, it includes a logistics package, training, as well as funds that we will earmark for expansion of the infrastructure,” Mr Błaszczak added.