Land Forces

Polish Army Orders Spare Parts for the T-72 and PT-91 Twardy Main Battle Tanks

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Wałcz 1st Regional Logistics Base of the Polish Armed Forces has announced that an order has been awarded, concerning the delivery of additional material means for the PT-91 tank platforms and spare parts that could be co-utilized in case of both the T-72 as well as PT-91 MBTs. The hardware is to be delivered to a storage base in Piła.

Delivery of proper tangible means, within the scope of prior framework agreements concluded as a result of a procurement procedure carried out back in 2015, is the subject of the aforesaid order. Total value of the said contract is defined as nearly PLN 4 million, with exclusion of the Value Added Tax.

Gliwice-based Zakłady Mechaniczne Bumar-Łąbędy S.A company, belonging to the Polish Armaments Group, is going to act as the contractor within the scope of the aforesaid procurement procedures (delivery of materials for the PT-91 MBT, with a value of almost 2.3 million zlotys), together with the Julita Groblewska TANK-MOT Przedsiębiorstwo Handlowo – Produkcyjne IMPORT – EXPORT company (delivery of common T-72/PT-91 spare parts, with a value above PLN 1.7 million). In the latter case a success has been achieved, and the price was dropped, from the planned level above PLN 2.2 million.

The acquired materials will be used to recover the technical status of the tanks and replenish the war storage, which is important from the national security standpoint, and from the point of view of our alliance-related commitments.

On the other hand, it is clearly visible that after some period during which no PT-91 and T-72 overhauls took place, Polish Ministry of Defence has decided to implement the process of recovering full scope of their technical abilities. Nonetheless, the backlog that had been accumulated before that will be costly now, moreover it is a pity that no decisions have been made to modernize and upgrade the said tanks even partially, as there are numerous symptoms suggesting that no successors can be expected to be acquired for a long time now.