Ukraine orders production of 100 tanks from Poland
A KTO Rosomak, an eight-wheel drive armoured transport vehicle built by Poland. © Wikimedia Commons CC BY 3.0 Hiuppo
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If it obtained the Leopard 2 tanks it claimed as well as some fighter jets, Kiev this time placed an order with Poland. Warsaw will produce and deliver 100 KTO Rosomak armored transport vehicles to Ukraine. Enough to satisfy the Polish government.
With our correspondent in Warsaw, Martin Chabal
It is a timely contract. Warsaw won the order as Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced last week that he wanted to increase Polish weapons production. The 100 vehicles will be built in a large factory in the south of the country. Normally, it takes a year to produce 100 KTO Rosomak, the eight-wheel drive multirole armoured vehicle manufactured under license from the Finnish Patria AMV. To double this production speed, it plans to switch to a two-shift system.
This contract will not be paid directly by Ukraine, but partly by European funds allocated to Poland to help it participate in Ukrainian military aid and thanks to American money, provided to Ukraine to defend itself. On the other hand, it is not known when Poland intends to supply these weapons.
In any case, this new order strengthens Warsaw's position within NATO, which continues to assert itself as a major military player in the Alliance. It supplies weapons, spends lavishly on its military, tightens ties with the United States, and now produces weapons for its Ukrainian ally. And Mateusz Morawiecki, the Prime Minister, does not intend to stop there. Negotiations are still underway with Saudi Arabia and Slovenia, also interested in these Polish transport vehicles.
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