Poland continues extensive army modernisation

  • Jonáš Vlk
  • 6.12.2017 09:47

On Tuesday 28 November, the Polish Navy deployed the first new Kormoran II mine counter measure (MCM) vessel and should receive two more in the future. However, this is only a small part of the military acquisitions within the framework of a broad modernization of the Polish army.

This modernisation, associated with the growing perception of Russia as a threat, is happening across all of Poland's armed forces. The number of members of the armed forces and frequency of military maneuvers is also increasing. In addition to foreign contracts, such as the acquisition of the US Patriot anti-missile system, Poland also focuses on  domestic production of equipment such as UAVs or the aforementioned Kormoran MCM vessels, in addition to which the Navy will also acquire three new submarines. Military modernisation is also reflected in Poland's defence budget which is now at two percent GDP as required by the NATO standard and might be further increased im the future. Other V4 countries are modernising their armed forces as well, as shown by Hungary's ambitious Zrínyi 2026 plan or the planned acquisition of battle drones by the Czech army.

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