Poland has finalised a deal with South Korean firms Hyundai Rotem and Hanwha Defense to procure military equipment and vehicles for the Polish Army.

The executive contracts were approved by Poland’s National Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak in Morag, Poland, on 26 August.

It also includes supply of ammunition as well as associated training and logistics support.

Under this deal, Hyundai Rotem will deliver 180 K2 Black Panther main battle tanks (MBT), while Hanwha will supply 212 Thunder self-propelled howitzers of the K9 family, in the K9A1 version.

Once delivered, the military equipment will be operated by the Polish Army to strengthen its deterrence and defence potential against any Russian invasion.

According to the Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND), this order will involve quick deliveries and a large transfer of technology to Poland, with participation of the Polish arms industry and military experts.

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Błaszczak said: “From the point of view of Polish safety, the most important thing is that first copies of tanks and cannon howitzers will go to Polish Army this year.

“Later this year, 10 K2 tanks will go to Morąg, and 24 K9 howitzers will go to the artillery regiment in Węgorzewo.”

The latest contracts build on the previously signed framework agreements between Poland and South Korea for purchasing defence equipment for the Polish Army.

Delivery of K2 MBTs is expected to take place between 2022 and 2025, while K9 howitzers will be delivered between 2022 and 2026.

Błaszczak added: “Soldiers of the Polish Army will go to Korea in October this year to train on K2 tanks.

“So, crews will return from training, and the new tanks will already be at the disposal of the Polish Army.”