South Korea to sign agreement with Poland for delivery of K2 tanks - K9 howitzers and FA-50 fighter

According to information published by "The Korea Economic Daily", the South Korean defense industry including Hyundai Rotem Co., Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI), and Hanwha Defense will sign an agreement with Poland for an amount of $7.7 milliard to acquire K2 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs), FA-50 light fighter aircraft and K9 155mm self-propelled howitzers.
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South Korea will sign an agreement with Poland for an amount of $7.7 milliard to acquire K2 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs), FA-50 light fighter aircraft and K9 155mm self-propelled howitzers.

Citing information from "The Korea Economic Daily", Poland is in talks with South Korea for the purchase of K2 Black Panther Main Battle Tanks from Hyundai Rotem, FA-50 light fighter aircraft from KAI, and K9 Thunder 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer from Hanwha Defense.

Poland will sign a business agreement with South Korea under MOUs (memorandums of understanding) or MOAs (memorandums of agreement) from as soon as the end of this month, according to South Korean government official.

South Korean company Hyundai Rotem could supply 180 K2 Black Panther MBTs under a $2.3 trillion deal. South Korean company KAI sought to export 48 FA-50s. The company was in talks to deliver eight of the light fighter jets to Poland among 20 units supposed to be supplied to South Korea’s Air Force this year while Hanwha Defense plans to sell 670 K9 Thunder 155mm howitzers to Poland.

The K2 Black Panther is a new generation of Main Battle Tank (MBT) designed, developed, and manufactured in South Korea by the South Korean Company Hyundai Rotem. The K2 was unveiled for the first time to the public during the Defense Exhibition ADEX at the Seoul Airport in October 2009. For several years, the company Hanwha Defense presents a Polish version of its K2 under the name of K2PL.

The K2PL is a version of the K2 Black Panther that was designed according to Polish army requirements and needs. A scale model of the K2PL was presented in September 2020 at MSPO, an international defense exhibition that was in the city of Kielce, Poland.

The FA-50 is a light combat aircraft manufactured by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), it is a combat version of the KAI T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic advanced jet trainer and light attack aircraft.

The K9 Thunder is a South Korean tracked Self-Propelled 155 mm Howitzer (SPH) developed by Samsung Techwin and now manufactured by the company Hanwha Land Systems. The Republic of Korea Army received the first production batch of K9 from prime contractor SSA in 1999.

The K9 Thunder is based on a tracked armored chassis with a turret mounted at the rear of the hull. The main armament of the K9 Thunder consists of a 155 mm/52 caliber ordnance with a maximum firing range of 40 km. A total of 48 projectiles and their associated charges are carried for ready use. Internally an automatic loading system takes projectiles from the storage position and places them onto the ammunition tray ready for ramming.

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