Poland has signed an agreement on the purchase of military equipment from South Korea

16:03 27 July Kyiv, Ukraine

Polish Minister of National Defense Mariusz Blaszczak signed an agreement to buy South Korean weapons for the Polish army.

In particular, we are talking about FA-50 light fighters, K2 tanks and K9 self-propelled howitzers.

This was reported by the Polish news agency PAP on Wednesday, July 27.

At the first stage, Poland will purchase 180 armored vehicles. First deliveries will start this year. At the second stage - more than 800 tanks of the K2PL standard and the launch of production in Poland in 2026.

The first stage of the acquisition of howitzers provides for the acquisition of 48 weapons. Some of them will be delivered to Poland this year to make up for the shortage of equipment transferred to Ukraine. Deliveries of over 600 howitzers should begin in 2024. From 2026 guns will be produced in Poland.

Poland will also buy 48 FA-50 light fighters from South Korea, the first 12 of which Poland will receive in mid-2023. The aircraft will be configured in accordance with the requirements of the Polish Air Force and equipped with NATO IFF NATO.

A spokesman for the Arms Agency, Lieutenant Colonel Krzysztof Platek, noted that the choice of this aircraft was due "primarily to its availability and the fact that it can quickly replace obsolete post-Soviet equipment - the Su-22 and MiG-29." It will complement the F-16 fighters.

The K2 Black Panther is a Huyndai Rotem main battle tank in service with the Korean Army since 2014.. Armed with a 120 mm autoloading smoothbore cannon and a 12.7 mm machine gun, it is equipped with self-defense systems capable of, among other things, destroying or "blinding" projectiles fired at it. The tank is equipped with a diesel engine, it can overcome water obstacles up to 4.1 m high, and weighs 55 tons.

Hanhwa Defense's K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer is armed with a 155 mm cannon with a range of 40 km. The chassis of the Polish Krab howitzer manufactured by Huta Stanowa Wola comes from this vehicle.