On April 5, the head of the Ministry of Defence attended the grand opening of the “Long Term Equipment Storage and Maintenance Complex” (LTESM-C) in Powidz. This is the largest single infrastructure project funded by NATO and the US in the last 30 years. It consists of warehouses that will store thousands of pieces of military equipment and supplies. It includes tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, artillery, technical security vehicles, and self-propelled bridges.
The complex enables the rapid and efficient reception of allied reinforcement forces. It also reduces the time it takes to fully equip them with equipment from a month and a half (in the case of equipment flown in from the US) to just a few days. LTESM-C is more than 60,000 m² of humidity-controlled storage space capable of providing the best possible conditions for storing not only equipment but also the materials necessary for its immediate operation and maintenance. The LTESM-C complex will complement the MSA (Munition Storage Area) ammunition storage complex under construction – also in Powidz.
The two investments are part of a consistently implemented plan to expand infrastructure at Powidz – an outcome of the bilateral Polish-US Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) signed in 2020.
The bilateral Polish-US Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) was signed in 2020. The EDCA agreement creates the conditions for a sustained and long-term presence of the US armed forces in Poland. It impacts positively the security and defence of our country and economic development.