Romanians dream of 400 ‘modern’ General Dynamics Abrams tanks

The number of 400 Abrams tanks or other modern platform, for now, sounds at the level of expert discussion, but at the same time it demonstrates a desire not to stop at the announced 54 units

Taiwan expects M1A2T tanks - more capable than K2, Type 10, Type 99
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The Romanian Ministry of Defense is preparing to purchase 54 units of the American Abrams main battle tanks, and this is actually a serious step on the way to a powerful strengthening of its own army, but at the same time there is already talk in the country that such several tanks will actually be insufficient, reports Defense Romania.

Thus, in general, military experts note the need for at least 3 battalions of modern tanks, at the same time, for example, the director of the publication GeoPolitica Vasile Simileanu notes that the country as a whole needs 400 of the latest tanks.

As an example, same Poland is cited, which is currently implementing a program to purchase hundreds of Abrams, and also agreed to license production of South Korean K2 tanks.

BulgarianMilitary.com notes that although the number of 400 tanks still sounds like talk, a general trend is seen as Western countries begin to augment their tank fleets with more modern vehicles.

3,000 M1 tanks in stock, but US refrains from delivery to Ukraine
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But for 400 tanks, a lot of money has to be spent on them. For example, if we focus on the Polish contract for 250 tanks for 4.75 billion, then the Romanian 54 Abrams units could cost the country 1 billion.

If we calculate according to the same scheme, in the case of buying another 350 tanks, the country will have to invest an additional 6.5 billion. Of course, all these are very approximate calculations, but at the same time, they demonstrate an understanding of how much it currently costs to buy solid and modern tanks.

The 54 tanks for which Bucharest expects a positive response from Washington will not be new. They are the M1A2 series. According to Romanian media, the tanks will be second-hand, but used by the US military and not by another operator. Although the M1A2 version is a modification of the base Abrams from the 1990s, Romania will continue to see the tanks undergo another modernization.

There is no word on what modernization the Romanians will want, but let’s recall that the M1A2 uses a second-generation thermal sight. This is not bad at all, considering that even today optical sights are produced not only for tanks but also for heavy and light small arms with integrated electro-optical converters of the second generation.

The M1A2 SEP version, which is the basis for this line, also has upgraded third-generation depleted uranium armor components with a graphite coating. It will be interesting here if Washington will allow the export of this armor for the Romanian tanks. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that this armor has a “secret national security” status, and Washington does not even export such armor to Britain, nor information about its development.

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