Poland inks deal with US to buy more M1A1 Abrams tanks
US and Polish officials say the deal will strengthen NATO's eastern flank.
Poland became the first European US ally to receive American-made Abrams tanks after Poland's defense minister inked a deal on Wednesday to purchase a second batch of the United State's main battle tank.
The $1.4 billion deal, which includes buying 116 M1A1 Abrams tanks with several of its components, was signed at a military base in Poland's Wesola near Warsaw.
American deputy chief of mission in Poland Daniel Lawton and deputy commander of the 101st Airborne Division Brigadier Gen. John Lubas attended the ceremony of the deal signing.
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Polish and US officials announced that the arms supply deals boost Poland's strength and NATO’s eastern flank as the Ukraine war continues.
The deal was announced last December by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).
The deal follows last year’s agreement for the acquisition of 250 upgraded M1A2 Abrams tanks that will be delivered in the 2025-2026 time frame.