Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Poland will buy tanks and IFVs from South Korea

 During the coordination briefing of the Polish Armed Forces management staff, the Minister of National Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, announced the procurement of equipment from the Republic of Korea for the Polish Army, including tanks and infantry fighting vehicles.

"We will also buy proven Korean equipment, including infantry fighting vehicles, which will complement the Borsuk IFV, howitzers, and K2 tanks" - said the minister.

Regarding the main battle tank program, there is a "capability development" involved, whereby a specific batch of existing tanks will be acquired to meet the most urgent needs (over 200 T-72s were given to Ukraine). Along with the establishment of production capacity in Poland, technology transfer, and the delivery of vehicles in the existing configuration and in the final design, supplied by the domestic industry. Those previously acquired will be modernized. 

According to Defence24.pl, the Polish Armament Group and Hyundai Rotem are about to sign an agreement for two modernization programs of the Polish Land Forces. The first is the Wolf Main Battle Tank. In this project, the Polish Korean offer is for the K2PL tank, developed jointly by the Polish and Korean industries based on the K2 Black Panther tank, used in the Army of the Republic of Korea, and adapted to Polish requirements.

Over a year ago, Poland wanted to join the European battle tank program as an equal partner since it planned to acquire more tanks than France and Germany combined, but Germany and France declined to accept that. Now Poland will build rivaling tank.