Thursday 18 August 2022

The Kielbasa Connection: Polish Military Aid To Ukraine

Few countries have offered Ukraine even half the extent of military support that Poland has provided. Polish military aid delivered to Ukraine has so far encompassed well over 470 armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs), including over 300 tanks and some 110 pieces of self-propelled guns and multiple rocket launchers, amongst a host of other weapon types. Poland also serves the important role of central transit hub for arms donations to Ukraine, and the majority of Western military aid enters through Poland. Even though Poland does not disclose details of most of its arms deliveries, a great number of armament types have meanwhile been spotted or reported on by authorities in Ukraine.

The following list attempts to keep track of military equipment delivered or pledged to Ukraine by Poland shortly prior and during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. The entries below are sorted by armament category (with a flag denoting the country of origin). Due to the confidential nature of some arms deliveries they can serve only as a lower bound to the total volume of weaponry delivered. This list includes both equipment donations by the Polish government as well as equipment crowdfunded by Polish citizens. This list is constantly updated as further military support is declared or uncovered.
* Purchases by the Ukrainian government from Polish defence companies.
** Crowdfunded by the Polish public.
(Click on the vehicle or equipment type to get a picture of them)

Fighter Jets (14)

Attack Helicopters (12)


Tanks (~330)

Infantry Fighting Vehicles (342+)

  • 142 BWP-1s [Delivered from April 2022 onwards]
  • 200 KTO Rosomaks* [Delivered from July 2023 onwards] (Purchased by Ukraine with EU and US funding)

Infantry Mobility Vehicles


Command Vehicles

  • LPG WDSzs [June 2022] (Command vehicle for the AHS Krab SPG)

Self-Propelled Artillery (~95)

Multiple Rocket Launchers (20+)

Anti-Aircraft (AA) Guns


Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Guns (SPAAGs)


Surface-To-Air Missile (SAM) Systems

Air-To-Air Missiles (100)

  • 100 R-73s (For Su-27 and MiG-29 fighter aircraft) [February 2022]

Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (1)

  • 1 Bayraktar TB2** [Late 2022] (Crowdfunded by Polish citizens. Subsequently given to Ukraine by Baykar Tech free of charge with the €5 million collected used for aid)

Reconnaissance UAVs (20+)

Loitering Munitions (53)

Man Portable Air Defence Systems (260)

  • 260 PPZR Pioruns [160 delivered in February 2022. 100 more purchased by Ukraine in April 2023]


Mortars (100)


Anti-Tank Weapons


Small Arms


  • ''Large Quantities'' Of 120mm OF-NMR HE-FRAG Ammunition For Mortars [Before November 2022]
  • ''Large Quantities'' Of 122mm OF-462 HE Ammunition For 2S1 SPGs [Since February 2022]
  • ''Large Quantities'' Of 152mm Ammunition For Artillery [Since February 2022]
  • ''Large Quantities'' Of 125mm Ammunition For T-72 Tanks [Since February 2022]
  • 30.000+ Rounds Of 5.56x45mm And 23mm Ammunition [February 2022]
  • 73mm PG-9 Ammunition For SPG-9 Recoilless Guns [February or March 2022]

Military Gear

[1] MSPO 2021: Modernized T-72M1R main battle tank on display
[2] Attack On Europe: Documenting Ukrainian Equipment Losses During The 2022 Russian Invasion Of Ukraine
[3] Poland Buys 116 Used M1A1 Abrams Tanks From US
[4] Poland purchases 1,000 K2 tanks, 672 K9 howitzers 
[5] Poland to Buy K239 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems From South Korea
[6] Poland Sells Its Krab Howitzers to Ukraine: A Record-Breaking Contract  
[7] Українські захисники отримають 20 дронів-розвідників Fly Eye від Армії дронів
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