Poland hopes to reduce Leopard tank training time to 5 weeks

31 January, 11:27 PM
Polish instructors train military on Leopard (Photo:REUTERS/Kuba Stezycki)

Polish instructors train military on Leopard (Photo:REUTERS/Kuba Stezycki)

Polish officers think it’s possible to train Ukrainian crews on Leopard-2 tanks in under five weeks, Maciej Banaszynski, Poland's Leopard training center commander said on Jan. 31.

Poland hosts one of three Leopard training centers in Swietoszow, near the German border. The other two are in Germany and Switzerland.

The Swietoszow center trains up to 14 four-man tank crews at a time.

According to the instructors, nominally the course takes 10 weeks to complete, but this time can be brought down to just five weeks.

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“If we intensify training (by maximizing the number of) instructors, our time and our weekends, we can train an entire crew in five weeks,” said Banaszynski.

He added that besides tank crews, the center also trains maintenance and auxiliary personnel.

On Jan. 20, Polish Defense Ministry said it expects to train an entire Ukrainian tank brigade by March.

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