In addition to hosting millions of refugees, Poland is one of the countries that has given the most military aid to Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion.
Poland has delivered to Ukraine more than 240 T-72
To make matters worse, Poland is the country that has offered the most military aid to Ukraine in proportion to its resources. One of the most notable aspects of that aid has been the delivery of modernized T-72 tanks. At the beginning of May we talked here about the possible delivery of 230 tanks of this type, but the figure has never been clear, since the Polish government preferred to keep a certain reserve in this regard, for security reasons. Today the Polish radio station Polskie Radio 24 has pointed out that in reality there were more than 240 T-72s delivered by Poland to Ukraine, so that the Polish Army's armored fleet would currently have the following tanks:
Poland will receive 116 second-hand M-1 Abrams in addition to the 250 new ones it already bought
Likewise, the Polish Defense Minister, Mariusz Błaszczak, has announced the purchase of 116 second-hand M-1 Abrams battle tanks from the US, which would be added to the 250 new Abrams already purchased by Poland and whose sale was authorized by USA in February. Błaszczak pointed out that an agreement has been reached with the US government for the delivery of those 116 Abrams, and deliveries will begin in early 2023. The minister has not indicated whether Poland will buy those battle tanks or whether it is a donation by the US to supply the T-72 delivered by Poland to Ukraine.
At the moment it is not known which variant of the M-1 Abrams will be among those 116 second-hand tanks. What can be concluded is that after its delivery, Poland will be the world's fourth largest user of the Abrams, after the US, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Likewise, the acquisition of these battle tanks will mean that the Polish Army will have one of the largest and most modern armored parks in NATO, surpassing countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain. It is a situation to which the Slavic country is pushed after the threats launched two months ago by the Russian Duma against Poland, pointing it out as the next country to invade.
No news on the possible purchase of the K2 Black Panther from South Korea
On the other hand, Poland has not yet confirmed the possible purchase of K2 Black Panther tanks from South Korea that was raised a month ago, with a view to replacing the old Polish T-72. Until a few months ago, Poland had 590 T-72s, between those in operation and those in storage, so the arrival of those 116 second-hand M-1 Abrams does not exclude the purchase of the South Korean tank.
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