General Dynamics Land Systems, the maker of the Abrams main battle tank, announced it has been awarded a US Army order worth up to $1.148 billion to deliver 250 M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams main battle tanks to Poland.
The art M1A2 SEPv3 configuration features technological advancements in communications, fire control and lethality, reliability, sustainment and fuel efficiency, plus upgraded armor.
The company announced the contract after the US State Department cleared the sale of the tanks and related equipment, assessing the overall potential cost at $6 billion.
The US Army previously awarded GDLS $4.62 billion for the deliveries of M1A2 SEPv3 tanks, which will rectify many of the space, weight and power issues identified during operation Iraqi Freedom
“We are pleased to have been chosen to provide this critical armored capability to our allies in Poland,” said Chris Brown, vice president of global strategy and international business development at General Dynamics Land Systems. “The M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams is the most advanced main battle tank in the world, and we look forward to getting it into the hands of Polish soldiers.”
While the Polish Army is yet to receive its first Abrams MBTs, the US Army transported 28 Abrams tanks to Poland in July 2022 to begin the training of Polish soldiers on them.
Delivery of the Abrams tanks to Poland is scheduled to begin around January 2025, with production and manufacturing support occurring at several US Army depots.
In addition to Poland, Australia has also signed up for the newest variant of the Abrams tanks, as well as new combat engineering vehicles, under a deal worth A$3.5 billion (approx. US$ 2.5B).