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February 21, 2022

US State Department approves $6bn sale of Abrams tanks to Poland

The move comes after the Polish Government requested 250 M1A2SEPv3 Abrams main battle tanks.

The US State Department has approved a potential $6bn foreign military sale (FMS) sale of 250 Abrams tanks, and associated equipment, to Poland.

The US Congress was also notified by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) regarding the possible sale.

The Polish Government requested 250 M1A2SEPv3 Abrams main battle tanks, along with 250 AN/VLQ-12 CREW Duke counter-IED systems.

The potential sale will also include 26 M88A2 HERCULES combat recovery vehicles, 17 M1110 joint assault bridges, 276 M2 .50 calibre machine guns, 500 M240C 7.62mm machine guns, and 15 AGT1500 gas turbine engines.

The scope of supplies will also include forward repair systems, communications equipment, GPS receivers, ammunition, and spare parts, along with technical, engineering, and logistics personnel services.

The principal contractors will be General Dynamics Land Systems, BAE Systems, Leonardo DRS, Honeywell Aerospace, Raytheon Company, and Lockheed Martin.

Approximately 22 US Government and 52 US contractor representatives will also move to Poland for up to five years to provide necessary training, and support with equipment fielding.

In a statement, DSCA said: “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Nato ally that is a force for political stability and economic progress in Europe.”

Earlier this month, the US State Department approved a potential sale of necessary equipment and services, worth approximately $100m, to help Taiwan to maintain and improve its Patriot Air Defense System.

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