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MSPO 2019: Eastern Europe mounts tank inventory push

22nd August 2019 - 13:00 GMT | by Alexander Mladenov, Krassimir Grozev in Sofia

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Most Eastern European countries are focusing their efforts to maintain and strengthen their armoured vehicle inventories. This is being undertaken in accordance with geopolitical ambitions and the availability of funds in  defence budgets.

'What we see there are some ambitious efforts, deemed to be components from long-term re-armament and upgrade programmes of Soviet-era weapons systems. In general, these actions are beefing up the defence potential at the NATO eastern flank,' Angel Naydenov, former Bulgarian defence minister, who is currently the head of Sofia-based TsIOS independent defence think-tank commented to Shephard

Poland for instance is investing heavily in the recapitalisation

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Alexander Mladenov

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Alexander Mladenov is a Shephard correspondent based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Krassimir Grozev

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