August 27, 2022
Poland’s defence minister has approved a deal to buy tanks and howitzers from South Korea for the Polish army.
Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak approves the purchase of tanks and howitzers from South Korea at a ceremony in Morąg, northern Poland, on Friday, August 26, 2022.
Under the agreement, Poland will buy 180 K2 tanks from South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem company and 212 K9 self-propelled howitzers from the Hanwha Defense company, officials told reporters.
“The contract with Hyundai Rotem provides for the delivery of 180 K2 tanks in 2022-2025,” the Polish defence ministry said in tweet.
Meanwhile, “the contract with Hanwha Defense provides for the acquisition of 212 K9 family self-propelled howitzers in 2022-2026,” it added.
“The first tanks and howitzers will be delivered to Poland later this year,” the Polish defence ministry also said.
Błaszczak last month approved a framework agreement for the purchase of fighter jets, tanks and howitzers from South Korea for the Polish armed forces….
Błaszczak, who is also a deputy prime minister, said in late July that Poland aimed to build the strongest army among NATO members in Europe.