American General Dynamics sells 250 battle tanks to Poland

Military order books continue to fill out for the United States. after sale Eight fighter planes F-16 To Bulgaria ($1.67 billion), and then Germany, which decided in mid-March to buy F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed, or even stocks sent to Ukraine that Washington intends to salvage up to 3.5 billion, from American manufacturers continues its attacks commercial.

This time, Poland decided to increase its capabilities by purchasing 250 American Abrams battle tanks, in their modernized version. Total Order Amount: $4.74 billion (4.32 billion euros), according to last year’s announcements.

While visiting the Polish capital last week, President Biden reiterated The “holy duty” of the United States, In the event of an attack on a NATO member by another country. “You can count on him” Before quoting an old Polish proverb “For our freedom and our freedom”.

After the wishes, the time for commercial reality comes. The agreement covers the purchase of 250 Abrams tanks, recovery tanks, assault bridges (…), training and logistical systems, as well as a large amount of ammunition “Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said during a televised ceremony.

Russian threat

According to the minister, the tanks, the first 28 of which will be delivered to Poland this year, will be deployed east of Vistula in order to “deter the potential aggressor.” Delivery of all this heavy equipment should be completed by 2026.

“Everyone knows what is happening behind our eastern borders.”He emphasized that more than a month ago, Ukraine faced the Russian invasion.

Moreover, Poland will seek to amend the European rule for a public deficit limited to 3% of GDP, by excluding expenditures to defend its account, in the context of Russian aggression, which was announced at the end of March by its Prime Minister.

A prosperous year for US arms companies

In detail, according to the Polish media, these are 250 Abrams tanks in the M1A2 SEPv3 version of the American group General Dynamics, 26 Hercules M882 and 17 M1110 attack bridges.

This resource is not the only manufacturer benefiting from the context of war in Europe. “If 1,000 Stingers (surface-to-air missile launchers) and 1,000 Javelins were sent to Eastern Europe each month over the next year, their revenue could be $1 to $2 billion.“For Raytheon and Lockheed, according to CFRA expert Colin Scarola. A large sum, but comparable to their respective revenues of 64 and 67 billion last year.

Greg Hayes, CEO of Raytheon, acknowledged that the escalation of tensions in Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe would undoubtedly benefit international sales, “not now” corn “Later in 2022 and beyond“.

His counterpart at Lockheed Martin, James Ticklett, noted “Renewed competition between the great powers“It is likely to raise the US defense budget.

In the United States, Joe Biden has proposed a 4% increase in the defense budget, a number that must be taken into account in relation to inflation. But at least the budget is not shrinking.


ZOOM: A Booming Month for US Military Trade

  • On Monday, the US government announced that it had approved the sale of eight combat aircraft F-16 at Bulgaria To “strengthen the security” of this NATO member, against the backdrop of the Russian-led war in Ukraine.
  • The Poland Expected purchase of 250 American Abrams battle tanks for $4.74 billion.
  • Germany It decided in mid-March to acquire F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed, beginning a multi-year process before it was delivered.
  • army Canada It intends to buy 88 F-35 fighter jets from US manufacturer Lockheed Martin, a multi-billion dollar contract to replace its aging fleet, Armed Forces Minister Anita Anand announced in March. “The F-35 is used by our NATO partners around the world.”

(with AFP)