The US Army has selected General Dynamics Land Systems to build 250 Abrams tanks in its latest configuration for Poland.
The deal, valued at $1.148 billion, was awarded in late July. Poland’s future tank fleet will include the latest updates in weaponry, communication systems, fuel efficiency, and armor.
In addition, the vehicles will be able to seamlessly accept future upgrades through its SEPv3 (System Enhanced Package 3) modification.
The firm is expected to deliver the first batch of tanks in early 2025. To prepare Polish troops to utilize the vehicle, the Abrams Tank Training Academy was established at Biedrusko Training Area in Poznań. The US Army also provided 28 Abrams tanks for the purpose.
“We are pleased to have been chosen to provide this critical armored capability to our allies in Poland,” vice president of global strategy and international business development at General Dynamics Land Systems, Chris Brown, said.
“The M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams is the most advanced main battle tank in the world, and we look forward to getting it into the hands of Polish Soldiers,” Brown added.
Poland’s Response to the Russian Invasion
The Abrams request is part of Poland’s attempt to modernize its armored capabilities in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Before the conflict, Poland and other NATO nations already had concerns triggered by Russia’s occupation of Ukrainian territories in 2014. Due to this, the country announced plans to purchase additional battle tanks in 2021.
The US State Department cleared Poland to purchase the tanks in a $6-billion contract in early 2022, just a few days prior to the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“NATO’s strength lies in its unity, which has never been greater than it is today,” US Army Acquisition Executive and Assistant Secretary Doug Bush said.
“This award is an example of the Army’s continuing work with our industry partners to increase production of critical military equipment capabilities to ensure we continue to meet the needs of our partners and allies,” Bush added.