Poland Hyundai Rotem eyes Polish contractors for work on battle tank

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Hyundai Rotem is offering Polish defense industry players to jointly produce the K2PL main battle tank, a variant of its K2 Black Panther. (Hyundai)

KIELCE, Poland — Hyundai Rotem is offering Polish defense industry players the opportunity to jointly produce the K2PL main battle tank, a variant of its K2 Black Panther.
The South Korean company hopes it could benefit from the current lull in Warsaw’s talks with Berlin and Paris.
Last year, Poland’s Ministry of Defence declared it was ready to join the European Main Battle Tank project, an initiative spearheaded by Germany and France, but talks between the three countries have since stalled. A Polish military official told Defense News that Warsaw is unlikely to cooperate with Paris and Berlin on a joint tank program, and the Defence Ministry is looking for alternative partners.
“We’re open to cooperating with Polish companies, such as [the leading state-run group] PGZ. The tank would be produced in Poland, and we would provide Polish plants with our technology,” Lee Han-Soo, a senior manager at Hyundai Rotem’s global defense sales and marketing team, told Defense News at the MSPO defense industry show. “Production of this tank began a few years ago, and our technology is cutting-edge in comparison with our rivals' products.”
The Polish land forces operate some 247 Leopard 2 A4 and A5 tanks acquired from the German Bundeswehr, but the country’s military urgently need to procure new gear to replace its Soviet-designed 500 T-72 and PT-91 tanks. Local observers said Warsaw could purchase up to 800 new tanks.
Poland’s plan to modernize its tank fleet is part of a regional trend. In the aftermath of Russia’s invasion on Ukraine and Moscow’s annexation of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula in 2014, a number of Eastern European allies have launched similar efforts. Hyundai Rotem aims to offer the K2PL in other tenders across the region.

“We’re looking to offer our product in other tenders if the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and also other countries, decide to order new tanks," Lee said. “This is why the Polish project is so important to us.”


 

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Defence minister Mariusz Blaszczak said that we will buy K2 tanks from Hyundai Rotem.
First batch of 180 tanks will come to Poland this year, next 300-400 untill 2030.

Poland is also interested in buying 48 light attack aicrafts from Korea, first will be delivered in 2023.

More dateils on 27.07.2022

 

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More info on this BIG BIG deal with Korea from Defence Min.
180 K2 tanks (with KAPS) for the years 2022-2025 from 2026 they will be upgraded to K2PL version
820 K2PL from 2026-
Transfer of technology, whole service will be in Poland , production from 2026 both in Poland and Korea.
Plan is for Poland to have 300 Abrams and 1000 K2 PL in the next 10 years (so Leopards propably will be out in 30s when enough K2 will be build)

AHS K9A1 48 (18 in 2022, 30 in 2023) as a replacement for Krabs that we send to Ukraine
AHS K9PL (K9A1 later K9A2) 624 units from 2024-

FA-50 Block10 12 units
FA-50 block20 36 units all in 2023 (with AESA, link16, SNIPER, AIM-9x)
 

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It seems Germans fooled Poland again.
There was no real talk about new Leos.
We cant count on Germans, we have already problems with parts to existing Leopards.
That ship has sailed.

We will have some 200 Leopards to sell in 5-10 yers IF Germans let us do that ;)
 

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