WESOLA, Poland –
In a ceremony April 5, Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak confirmed his country's commitment to purchase 250 Abrams tanks and other equipment from the United States by signing a Foreign Military Sales Letter of Offer and Acceptance.
During his comments during at the ceremony, Blaszczak said, "It is a very important day in the history of Polish-American cooperation, but also a very important day when it comes to the history of the Polish Armed Forces. An agreement has just been signed, that guarantees the delivery of 250 Abrams tanks in the most modern version for the Polish Army.”
According to the Polish Ministry of Defense web site, the agreement worth approximately $4.75 billion provides for the purchase of the tanks with accompanying equipment including 26 M88A2 Hercules maintenance vehicles and 17 M1074 Joint Assault Bridges, a training and logistics package, and ammunition.
In a tweet from the U.S. Ambassador to Poland, Mark Brzezinski, said of the agreement, "The US and Poland are united in protecting every inch NATO territory. We are together and nothing will change that!"