Poland could host maintenance centers for Abrams tanks in Europe, official says
Mariusz Blaszczak (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)
Poland could soon host a maintenance facility for U.S.-made M1 Abrams main battle tanks, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on April 12, as reported by Polish news agency PAP.
The minister said that the Vice President of General Dynamics – the manufacturer of Abrams tanks – visited Warsaw several weeks ago.
“We talked about establishing a service center for Abrams tanks,” said Blaszczak.
He noted it would first involve servicing Polish Abrams tanks, but could then be expanded to maintain vehicles that belong to other European countries.
“Poland is becoming a natural service center, and probably also a production center, when it come to Abrams tanks, in the future,” the minister concluded.
In January, the United States pledged to provide Ukraine with 31 M1 Abrams main battle tanks, expected to be delivered around fall 2023. Like with most Western military equipment flowing into Ukraine, these vehicles will likely go by way of Poland.
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