Poland to Deploy 250 US-Supplied Abrams Tanks on Eastern Border, Defence Minister Says
© AP Photo / Peter DeJongTroops from the Army’s 1st Infantry Division lean on an M1A1 Abrams main battle tank as a convoy passes in the background at an assembly point in afternoon on Sunday, Jan. 21, 1991 in Saudi Arabia. Troops from the 1st Infantry Division have taken up positions close to the border with Kuwait
© AP Photo / Peter DeJong
WARSAW (Sputnik) - Poland will deploy 250 Abrams tanks, which it will buy from the United States, on its eastern border, Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on 23 September.
Poland has contracted 250 tanks model M1A2 Abrams SEPv3 from the United States, hoping to receive them in 2022.
"These are 250 state-of-the-art tanks that will be deployed in the east of our country," Blaszczak told Polish Radio.
According to the minister, the tanks are required to reduce the risk of attack on the country.
Poland has called on NATO to more actively confront Russia, which Warsaw considers a security threat. Moscow has consistently denied any plans to attack other countries, including NATO members, but vowed to respond to any attempts to encroach on its territory or hinder its development.