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Poland is on a quest to have Europe's strongest military - with US arms

By Loveday Morris

22 Feb 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Poland is emerging as a major military power even as it deals with losing massive EU funds for its 'democratic backsliding'. The Washington Post analyzes how Poland has become a major US ally.

At Poland's Rzeszow airport, where President Biden's plane touched down this week on his way to Kyiv, U.S.-made Patriot missile batteries point toward the skies. The first American M1A2 Abrams battle tanks are expected to arrive by train this spring with hundreds of U.S.-manufactured rocket artillery systems to follow.

It is part of a mammoth military spending spree spurred by the war in neighboring Ukraine that Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak hopes will build "the largest land force in Europe" and sees Warsaw signing billions in weapons contracts with U.S. suppliers.

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