Poland has reintroduced the Soviet T-72 tanks in the service of its army, reports the daily Rzeczpospolita.
According to the edition, several dozen old Soviet-era T-72 tanks will stay in the country. The author notes that after upgrading, the armored vehicle is likely to return to service.
The director of the Military Heritage Agency, Krzysztof Falkowski, confirmed the information only indirectly.
The Polish army is equipped with nationally produced PT-91 Twardy tanks, based on the T-72, as well as Leopard 2A5 and Leopard 2A4 manufactured in Germany.
Defense expert Wojciech Luczak says the decision to take back T-72 tanks for service is linked to an increase in the number of soldiers in the military.
According to him, Poland now does not have the capacity to equip the new armored brigades with military equipment quickly and without great expenses.
Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak also said yesterday that Poland is correcting its plans to re-equip the Armed Forces, taking into account the “Russian threat”.
According to him,this in particular, will change the program of helicopter purchases. According to the minister, the priority for Poland is “the purchase of helicopters to fight submarines,” and that in a few months it will be announced the tender for purchase of new combat helicopters.
Poland is seen by the NATO alliance as a frontline state against a so-called Russian aggression. However, it is NATO that has shown all the aggression to Russia when we consider that increase of troops to Norway and NATO/US-fomented wars on the borders of Russia, including in South Ossetia in 2008 and most recently in Ukraine.
The NATO alliance knows that a strong Russia will thwart the US from becoming a global hegemonic power. This has also meant the extension of aggression against Russia in Syria as well. Syria hosts Russia’s only Mediterranean naval base which is why the NATO alliance has sought to remove the country’s president from power.