The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense has confirmed that the country can give Challenger 2 main battle tanks to Poland in order to backfill the latter country’s supply of tanks as it prepares to donate additional Soviet-made T-72 tanks to Ukraine. At this time, Poland has not sent such a request; but the request can be fulfilled in a matter of days if sent.
The British Army operates roughly 270 Challenger 2s, with another 120 in storage. It’s not clear how many tanks could be sent to Poland. With the addition of these Challenger 2s Poland would operate an interesting mix of tanks, including T-72M1s, M1A2 SEPv3s, PT-91s, and Leopard 2A5s.
The UK has already provided Ukraine with tons of military equipment including anti-tank guided missiles, anti-aircraft missiles, and at least 150 armored vehicles of varying types. It’s been alleged by at least two Ukrainian military officers that British special forces personnel are in Kyiv training local units on the operation of some of these systems. Those claims were already detailed by us in a previous article.
In addition to this, PM Boris Johnson announced that the country plans to reopen its embassy in Kyiv next week.
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