WARSAW ($1=4.48 Polish Zlotys) — South Korea delivered the first ten K2PL tanks designed and produced for the Polish Army. Together with them, 24 K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers set foot on Polish soil. Thus, in an extremely short time, South Korea produced the first units of tanks for Poland, tested them, and delivered them by sea transport. Polish sources say it took 35 days from the loading of the BBC Pearl ship in several stages to its arrival in the Polish port of Gdynia.
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Poland is acting quickly and wisely, while some European countries are wondering. A little over a year ago, Germany refused Poland to participate in the project for a new European tank. This was not well received by Warsaw and the government turned to the US for the purchase of Abrams tanks. The US took advantage of its open door and made the deal accordingly. Then Warsaw turned to South Korea in search of a correct and quality partner, in the conditions of the war in Europe [Ukraine – Russia].
Hyundai Rotem also passed through the “door opened by Poland” and offered very good conditions to Warsaw. Thus, on July 27, 2022, the Armaments Agency of the Ministry of National Defense in Warsaw signed framework agreements with the Korean Hyundai Rot for the purchase of 1,000 K2/K2PL tanks and with the Korean Hanwha Defense for the purchase of 672 independent K9A1/K9PL self-propelled howitzers. Less than a month later, on August 26, the first executive contracts were solemnly signed in Morąg. These include the purchase of 180 K2 tanks to be delivered in 2022-2025 and 212 K9A1 self-propelled howitzers to be delivered in 2022-2026.
Thus, Poland is surely and purposefully following its plan to turn the Polish army into a well-equipped and largest one in Europe. At the same time, in Germany, the tank manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. [KMW] complains that the company has no orders. Ironic, isn’t it?
And now here are pictures of the weapons equipment that arrived in Poland.
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