Poland buys 250 M1 Abrams Tanks to bolster defenses against Russia

Poland recently concluded a deal with the United States to purchase 250 M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks (MBT), which the Eastern European NATO ally will use to bolster its defenses as Russia has been increasingly assertive in recent years.

“Of course this is a response to the challenges we face in terms of international security,” Poland’s Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak told reporters during a news conference earlier this month. “Our task is to deter a potential aggressor. We all know where that aggressor is.”

The $6 billion (23.3 billion zloty) deal also includes logistics and training packages along with ammunition and upgraded infrastructure for the vehicles. It is to be paid outside of Warsaw’s regular defense budget. The tanks are expected to begin to arrive in Poland early next year.

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