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Poland received the first South Korean-made K2 tanks and K9 howitzers on Tuesday as part of massive orders Warsaw placed with Seoul.
A member of NATO and the EU, a neighbor of Ukraine, but also of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, Poland has significantly accelerated its arms purchases.
This equipment “is necessary to prevent possible aggression,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said at a ceremony in the northern Polish port of Gdynia, where the first tanks and howitzers arrived by boat.
< p>In July, Poland signed a framework agreement with the manufacturer of K2 tanks, Hyundai Rotem, covering a total of 1,000 vehicles, including their K9PL version co-produced with the participation of Polish companies.
A resulting first binding deal, worth $3.37 billion, is for the delivery of 180 tanks between 2022 and 2025.
Another framework agreement signed by Poland with the South Korean company Hanwha Defense provides for the delivery of 672 K9A1 self-propelled howitzers, including their co-produced K9PL version. The binding agreement is for 212 howitzers of the K9A1 version, to be delivered between 2022 and 2026, worth $2.4 billion.
Poland has also contracted 50 combat aircraft south -Korean FA-50, for 2.3 billion dollars and 288 K239 Chunmoo multiple launch rocket systems.
A first delivery of 18 of these rocket launchers, which will be mounted on Polish chassis Jelcz, together with their ammunition, will arrive in Poland in 2023.
As part of this purchase, several orders will be placed with Polish companies, including command vehicles, technical support, transport ammunition and technical evacuation.
According to the Polish Ministry of Defense, the purchase of South Korean systems does not affect the Polish order of similar American HIMARS systems which are to be delivered to the Poland from 2023.
According to the specialized portal Defense News, South Korean contracts taken together make Poland the most important buyer of South Korean arms in Europe.