Ukraine is set to receive PT-91 Twardy main battle tanks from Poland to help the country repel Russian attacks.
Poland will deliver 60 tanks to Ukraine, including the PT-91 Twardy, said the head of the Ukrainian president’s office, Andrii Yermak.
The tanks will be delivered on top of the fourteen German Leopard 2 tanks that Warsaw promised to Ukraine on January 11, and whose transfer was only recently officially approved by Berlin.
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In an interview with the Canadian television channel CTV news, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that 30 tanks will be PT-91 Twardy models, and the rest will be upgraded Soviet T-72 tanks.
The PT-91 is a modernized version of the T-72 developed in Poland, of which there are said to be around 230. It is a further development of the Russian-made T-72M1 tank by Zaklady Mechaniczne Bumar-Labedy SA which has been manufactured for years under license in Poland.
The PT-91 has a more powerful engine compared to the T-72. It is equipped with an S-12U diesel engine that develops 850 horsepower. The S-1000 turbo diesel engine, which develops 1000 horsepower, was also developed.