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Poland is building Europe’s largest land army

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Warsaw plans to build the largest land army in Europe. The British edition of the Telegraph describes the situation as a “revolution” in the armed forces of the Republic.

Poland plans to spend 4% of its GDP on defence, double the normal NATO target and making it the highest per capita defense expenditure in the alliance.

The modernization program includes the purchase of 1,000 tanks from South Korea, 250 from the United States, 600 self-propelled howitzers, 18 HIMARS launchers, 288 MLRS systems from South Korea, more than 1,000 infantry fighting vehicles from Polish-made, 96 AH-64E Apache helicopters and 48 FA-50 combat aircraft from South Korea.

In general, Poland has placed orders for the supply of weapons worth more than 117 billion dollars until 2035. The defense budget for the current year is a record 26 billion.

It is also planned to double the size of the Polish army, bringing it to 300,000 men.

The ambitious project has an unpleasant drawback – the risks of budget exhaustion and the reduction of civil projects, which can lead to an increase in social tensions. However, Poland will not be left without external support. The US Congress has already approved $288.6 million in military funding to help Warsaw contain the heightened “threat” from Russia.

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