The U.S. has kick-started training of Polish soldiers tasked to operate Abrams tanks.
In a statement, the Polish armed forces said the training involving Polish soldiers and military personnel from the U.S. 1st Infantry Division began on April 26 at the training ground in Drawsko Pomorskie.
The development follows less than a month after Poland signed a $4.75 billion deal for 250 Abrams tanks. The order includes 26 maintenance vehicles M88A2 HERCULES and 17 bridges M1074 JOINT ASSAULT BRIDGE, as well as a training and logistics package and ammunition.
The Abrams tanks in the most modern SEPv3 version will be delivered to units located in the eastern part of Poland, on the Eastern flank of NATO - primarily the 18th Mechanized Division, including the 1st Armoured Brigade. The first tanks for training will be delivered to the Polish Land Forces later this year, and deliveries are scheduled to be completed in 2026.
On Tuesday, Polish defense minister Mariusz Błaszczak said the tanks will be used to defend the eastern borders of the Republic of Poland and the eastern flank of NATO.
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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki revealed on Monday that Poland sent tanks to support Ukrainian forces in their fight against Russia. Morawiecki added that Kyiv had so far received weapons worth around 7 billion PLN ($1.6 billion) from the country.
In March, Poland said it was ready to deploy all its MiG-29 jets to Ramstein Air Base in Germany and put them at the disposal of the U.S., but Washington rejected a surprise offer.