Poland receives 26 Cougar 4x4 armoured vehicles from US

The Polish Army has taken delivery of 26 US-made Cougar 4x4 mine-resistant armoured vehicles.

Poland is rapidly modernising and re-equipping its armed forces to meet new geo-political realities facing the country, which have been brought into sharp focus by Russia's invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.

"26 MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush-Protected - PAP) Cougar 4x4 vehicles have reached the 18th Command Battalion of the Iron Division," Mariusz Blaszczak, the Polish defence minister, tweeted on Tuesday. "Some of them are already taking part in exercises. Further Cougars will soon reach units in eastern Poland."

In August, a course ended for drivers of the 18th Division in servicing and repairing the vehicles, which have been equipped with Polish communications systems and painted in colours appropriate to local conditions.

The contract for the purchase of 300 used Cougars with enhanced mine resistance from US military surplus was signed last December by Poland's Ministry of National Defence in a deal valued at USD 27.5 million.

Cougars are used for patrol convoys and transporting troops. They carry six people each (a crew of two and four soldiers) and their mine resistance stands at 7kg of TNT under the body and 14 kg of TNT under the wheels. The total weight of a Cougar 4x4 vehicle is 17 tonnes with a load capacity of 2.5 tonnes.