Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said his country is ready to maintain and repair Western tanks that are supplied to Ukraine.
Poland is also sending 10 of the promised 14 German-built Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine this week.
In an official statement issued March 7, Blaszczak said a service hub will be established in Poland to modernize Leopard tanks for the war-torn country.
“We are ready to launch a service center in Poland that will upgrade and maintain Leopard tanks delivered to Ukraine,” Błaszczak stated during a press conference.
He said the facility could be created on the basis of the Bumar-Łabędy defense enterprise in the city of Gliwice, southern Poland. However, he noted that there is a problem with the shortage of spare parts for German-made tanks. This will be discussed when Błaszczak meets his German counterpart Boris Pistorius on March 7-8.
“I hope that Minister Pistorius will influence the German defence industry so that parts for Leopard tanks are supplied,” Błaszczak said.