Poland will receive new tanks, powerful Patriot missile systems in 2022

In 2022, Poland will receive anti-missile defense systems along with the first Abrams tanks and modernized Leopards, according to sources in the Polish government

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: Polskie Radio 24
Members of US 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command stands next to a Patriot surface-to-air missile battery during the NATO multinational ground based air defence units exercise "Tobruq Legacy 2017". (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

The first elements of the Patriot surface-to-air missile system will be delivered to Poland in October 2022, according to the Polish media outlet Dziennik Gazeta Prawna

The agreement for the Patriot systems was signed between Poland and the United States in 2018 and was worth $5 billion. Poland has since then paid the majority of the agreed upon sum. The integrated systems will remain in Torun and later will be transported to Sochaczew where they will be certified and deployed.

In total, there will be two batteries which amount to four fire units, although there were initially meant to be eight such units.

Moreover, among the military equipment which will reach the Polish Army in 2022, there will also be new M1 Abrams tanks. According to the announcement made by the General Command of the Polish Armed Forces, the first 28 tank units will be delivered in 2022.

Among the military equipment which will reach the Polish Army in 2022 there will also be new M1 Abrams tanks. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Throughout the upcoming years, a total of 250 tank units will be sent to Poland if a finalized deal is signed with the United States. This, however, seems to be merely a formality, as it is unlikely that the U.S. Congress will oppose the transaction.

Additionally, the Polish government, Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński and Minister of Defense Mariusz Błaszczak have invested much PR-wise into the transaction, which likely means the Polish government is expected to be very flexible when it comes to accepting U.S. terms for the deal.

In terms of other equipment, several modernized Leopard 2PL units will also be sent to Polish Army in 2022, although their delivery has been delayed in the past. The head of the Polish Armaments Group, Sebastian Chwałek, assured that the company has the capability to modernize Leopards at a rate of 20 units per year.

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