Poland and South Korea signed a new military contract, and a new consortium will be established to produce K2 tanks locally in Poland.
[Instant News/Comprehensive Report] Poland and South Korea signed an arms purchase contract on August 26 last year, purchasing 180 K2 Panther chariots and 212 K9 self-propelled guns for US$5.8 billion (approximately NT$175.7 billion). Also includes training, logistics and ammunition.
Now there is news that the two countries signed a contract on March 31 to produce K2 tanks and parts locally in Poland.
This newspaper previously reported that Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Mariusz Blaszczak signed a contract with South Korean Defense Minister Um Dong-hwan at the Morag military base in the country last August to purchase 180 K2 vehicles Panther chariot and 212 K9 self-propelled guns.
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According to foreign media "TVP World" reports, the two countries have now signed a new contract, which is expected to produce and maintain K2 tanks in Poland.
The contract clearly stipulates which industrial technologies will be handed over to the "Polish Armament Group" (PGZ) and its subsidiary company Military Industrial Automobile Company (WZM), including tank assembly, body and turret production, hydropneumatic suspension, cannon, automatic loading device and other selected parts.
The report mentioned that the contract also agreed on the technical and infrastructure conditions required for the local repair and maintenance of the K2 tank in Poland, as well as the licensing terms required for the production of the tank.
In the arms purchase contract between the two countries in August last year, Poland had purchased 180 K2 tanks from South Korea. The target in the contract was to purchase 1,000 tanks, and the subsequent order of 820 tanks would be produced locally in Poland.
Poland and South Korea signed a contract today to establish a consortium that will produce K2 main battle tanks and their components in Poland.
Poland bought 180 such tanks from South Korea and plans to build 820 modernized versions of the tank in Poland.
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