The Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries, including Hungary, the New York Times reported quoting American and allied officials. The Pentagon’s proposal, however, still requires approval by US Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and the White House, the paper said.
According to the New York Times article written by Eric Schmitt and Seven Lee Myers, a company’s worth of equipment enough for about 750 soldiers will be stored in Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and “possibly Hungary”. Furthermore, a company’s worth of equipment enough for about 150 soldiers will be stored in each of the three Baltic nations: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. A full brigade’s worth of equipment formally called the ‘European Activity Set’, would include about 1,200 vehicles, including some 250 M1-A2 tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles, and armored howitzers.
The proposal, if approved, would represent the first time since the end of the Cold War that the United States has stationed heavy military equipment in the newer NATO member nations in Eastern Europe that had once been part of the Soviet sphere of influence, the paper said. The full article can be found here.
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