This is a thread about Polish purchase of M1A2SEPv3 tanks. For now Polish goverment plans to purchase ~250 M1A2SEPv3 + logistics package. Entire purchase is estimated now to cot 23 billion PLN or 6 billion USD. Tough we still need to wait for details from DSCA.
Logistics package will most likely include M88A2 or M88A3 ARV's. M88A3 is offered by BAE to Polish Army for years anyway.
M1074 JAB's. Definately needed, as our self propelled bridges fleet is not in best condition.
Perhaps M1150 ABV's. This would be a completely new capability for Polish Army. At least when it comes to vehicles own capabilities only.
We will also purchase other support vehicles however their types are not known at this moment. M113's and various HMMWV's are used and known in Polish Army, this makes them the most likely option.
M1A2SEPv3's for Poland will definately be prepared for Trophy HV active protection systems installation, however at this moment it's not certain if vehicles will come with these systems, or they will be delivered later.
M1A2SEPv3's will be fielded by 18th Mechanized Division. First tanks will be fielded by 1st Armored Brigade, and later distributed to 19th Tank Bn. and 1st Tank Bn. in 19th and 21st Brigade.
All Leopard 2's will be fielded by 11th Armored Cavalry Division, at least for some time. It is said that current purchase of M1A2SEPv3's is a pilot programme. However this purchase is not "Wilk" (Wolf) programme for new MBT.
However we can be rather certain at later time more M1's will be purchased. It seems (however as always we can't be 100% certain) that decision was made to completely rearm Polish Army with M1A2SEPv3's over following years. Program will be funded from separate budget, not MoD one
We might assume that M1A2SEPv3's might be purchased in packages, each package of ~250 tanks or something like that. To completely rearm Land Forces with new tanks, we need around 750-800 vehicles. Will it happen and when it happen, no idea.

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