Go to section

American Abrams tanks have arrived at the logistics and equipment complex in Powidz

The new Long-Term Equipment Storage and Maintenance Complex (LTESM-C), part of the APS-2 strategic storage network, which was opened last year, has received, among other equipment, the first 14 American M1A2SEPv2 Abrams tanks.

On Friday, June 28, 2024, the press service of the U.S. Army announced that the previous day, a train from Mannheim, Germany, had arrived at the new Long Term Equipment Storage and Maintenance Complex (LTESM-C), opened on April 5, 2023. The transport included the first 14 American M1A2SEPv2 Abrams tanks along with an M88 HERCULES recovery vehicle.

Photo: Capt. Michael Mastrangelo, US Army

The LTESM-C complex is part of the U.S. Army’s European network of strategic storage sites, APS-2 (Army Prepositioned Stocks-2), with similar infrastructure existing in Germany and the Netherlands. The facility in Powidz is the sixth in Europe, under the command of the 405th Army Field Support Brigade (405th AFSB). The facility is managed by the AFSBn-Poland (Army Field Support Battalion-Poland), commanded by Lt. Col. Omar McKen. Thanks to such facilities, the U.S. Army can deploy its forces in Europe much faster than relocating from the U.S., reducing the time from 60 days to just a week or two. This is also crucial for exercises such as Defender.

In the coming weeks and months, additional shipments of heavy military equipment and supplies are expected. In total, this includes over 5,000 pieces of equipment and supplies, including hundreds of M1 Abrams tanks, M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, M107 Paladin artillery, M88 recovery vehicles, and assault bridges. This will enable the full equipment of one Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) of the U.S. Army. This is expected to be completed by 2025.

“This is the premiere facility when it comes to prepositioned stocks,” said Colonel Ernest Lane II, commander of the 405th AFSB. “What makes this facility so important is the relationship between the USA, NATO, and our Polish partners. This facility allows us to maintain readiness while working by, with, and through our partners.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) helped design the facility, which includes 60,387 square meters (650,000 square feet) of humidity-controlled warehouse space, a vehicle maintenance facility, various support infrastructure, and a 5,388 square meter (58,000 square feet) ammunition storage warehouse.

The commander of the 405th AFSB was at the LTESM-C facility in Powidz when the first M1A2 Abrams tanks arrived by rail. He emphasized the importance of the facility, noting that the APS-2 network is aimed at deterring and ensuring the ability to rapidly deploy our forces at any time.

This facility has a huge impact on NATO. The strategic location allows us to have multiple avenues of approach and routes of departure and embarkation. It is an example of strategic positioning in the right place, at the right time.” said Col. Lane.

“It’s a forward projection platform to be utilized in Europe. It allows an armored brigade to deploy to Europe and receive necessary equipment within 48 hours,” added Lt. Col. Omar McKen, the AFSBn-Poland commander.

The 405th AFSB falls under the US Army Sustainment Command, headquartered in Kaiserslautern, Germany. The brigade provides material support to US Army units in Europe and Africa—ensuring theater sustainment logistics, synchronizing acquisition, logistics, and technology, and leveraging the US Army Materiel Command to support joint forces.

The LTESM-C complex will be complemented by the MSA (Munition Storage Area) ammunition storage complex, also being developed in Powidz, with construction inaugurated on June 2, 2022.

Both investments are part of a consistently implemented plan to expand infrastructure in Powidz, resulting from the 2020 bilateral Polish-American Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). The EDCA agreement creates conditions for the permanent and long-term presence of US armed forces in Poland, positively impacting our country’s security and defense as well as economic development.


Nobody has commented on this article yet.

Leave a Reply