Poland has recently welcomed the arrival of an additional 29 M1A1 Abrams tanks and 79 mine-resistant M-ATV vehicles, courtesy of a joint funding effort with the United States.
Marking the third installment of M1A1 Abrams tanks procured in January of the preceding year for the Polish Armed Forces, the ongoing delivery encompasses not only the 29 tanks but also a supply of consumables, as outlined on the Armament Agency’s official website.
In an overarching agreement, Poland has committed to acquiring a total of 116 M1A1 Abrams tanks, along with the necessary accompanying equipment. The contractual value is estimated at around USD 1.4 billion net, with the United States contributing nearly USD 200 million from aid funds allocated to Poland. The anticipated timeline for the arrival of all vehicles is set to conclude by the end of 2024.
The Armament Agency further disclosed that Poland had acquired 79 OSHKOSH M-ATV vehicles, characterized as Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) units, in the previous summer. Specifically designed to offer enhanced protection against ambushes, including concealed mines on road surfaces, the M-ATV vehicles aim to ensure the safety of soldiers in challenging scenarios.
Looking ahead, Poland has a standing order for an additional 250 Abrams tanks in the latest M1A2 SEPv3 version. However, these are slated for delivery by the year 2026, showcasing the nation’s commitment to modernizing its military capabilities.