A Polish Rosomak armored vehicle patrols a street in Ghazni, Afghanistan, Nov. 18, 2010 - photo US Army
October 4, 2015 By Jaroslaw Adamowski - Defense News
WARSAW — Poland’s Defense Ministry launched its much-awaited Regional Security Assistance Program to help Eastern European armament efforts by providing government, bank and export loans to purchase equipment, and through non-commercial transfers of weapons. The move comes as many regional countries are increasing their defense spending and announcing new programs following Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine. Poland’s Defense Ministry said that by 2022, the program is expected to boost defense and industrial cooperation with the Visegrad Group countries — Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic — as well as Romania, Bulgaria and the three Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The amount of the funds that are to be made available to these countries has not been disclosed yet. One of the first procurements to benefit could be Slovakia’s plan to acquire 30 eight-wheel-drive Rosomak armored modular vehicles from Polish state-run manufacturer Rosomak. The vehicle is produced in Poland under a license obtained from Finland’s Patria. Meanwhile, local analysts said the move is part of a comprehensive strategy by Poland to enhance regional defense and security cooperation.