by Max Barry

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Region: Greater Middle East

            Reforming Polish Armed Forces

PL-01 is a stealth light battle tank built by OBRUM and BAE Systems in 2013, and is based on the Swedish CV90120-T light tank. The PL-01 was a mere concept and military fantasy until 2015, when OBRUM begun mass producing the tank to enter service in the Siły Zbrojne Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej. 200 of these tanks will be going into service throughout this week. Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak stated that the introduction of the PL-01 is Poland's first step to becoming one of the largest militaries in Europe.

Poland is currently the eighth most powerful military in Europe and twenty-second most powerful in the world. With just under 0.5% of the nation's population serving in the Polish Armed Forces, Poland has 466 aircraft (99 of which are fighting craft), 1265 tanks (including the PL-02s), and 83 naval assets. These numbers are set to increase over the next few months, with Błaszczak annoucing a 'militaristic rebirth' of Poland taking place over the next few months.

On top of the PL-01, the Armed Forces of the Polish Republic can also expect to see a shipment of 96 Krab Howitzers, various SAM and anti-aircraft missile systems, over 53000 MSBS Radons, and more. The Polish Air Force is expected to replace its 32 Sukhoi Su-22 with American F-35A as the nation continues to seperate itself from Russia. Poland's Navy is not set to be included in the reform, but has not been explicily denied involvement.

The reform comes after the collapse of NATO, to which Polish President Andrej Duda determined to be 'a sign to the Polish people' to 'step up and step out.' Poland is not part of the European Union, and believes that Russia is 'a bigger threat than ever before' and seeks to greatly improve US-Poland and EU-Poland relations.