London sent approximately 100 armored vehicles to the Żagań Karliki training area for Black Eagle. And Warsaw’s own armor was ready to meet them.

After more than a decade, Poland is still a relatively new NATO member. But the former Warsaw Pact nation readily sends troops to fight overseas and is pouring money into its armed forces.

Black Eagle gave Poland’s 10th Armored Brigade a chance to show its mettle. The unit operates the country’s fleet of modern Leopard 2 tanks.

The German-built Leopards are among the best tanks in the world and also possess a 120-millimeter gun and thick armor. Last year, Poland announced it would be buying dozens more of the 60-ton vehicles.