Poland signs record tank deal with South Korea

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Poland conscionable signed a landmark signaling declaration with Republic of Korea (South Korea) for the proviso of Black Panther tanks.

Under a two-stage program, Poland is to get to acquisition astir 1,000 K2 variant tanks.

Poland is buying 180 K2 Black Panther tanks successful Phase 1 and 800 Black Panther tanks successful K2PL configuration volition accumulation successful Poland successful Phase 2.


Poland’s National Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said the archetypal installment of the 180 K2 Black Panthers volition beryllium procured this year.

“In the archetypal batch, we volition get 180 tanks; deliveries volition commencement this year. The 2nd signifier is implicit 800 tanks of the K2PL standard, which volition beryllium produced successful Poland by the Polish defence manufacture acknowledgment to a transportation of exertion we negotiated. Eventually, the tanks received successful the archetypal signifier volition besides beryllium Polonised and brought to the K2PL standard,” Błaszczak said.

South Korean-made K2 Black Panther tanks volition articulation Poland’s increasing arsenal of foreign-produced armor designed to regenerate the T-72 and PT-91 tanks it sent to Ukraine.

The K2 Black Panther is the main conflict vessel designed, developed, and manufactured successful South Korea by the South Korean Company Hyundai Rotem. The K2 was unveiled for the archetypal clip to the nationalist during the Defense Exhibition ADEX astatine the Seoul Airport successful October 2009.

The main armament of the K2 Black Panther consists of a German-made Rheinmetall 120-mm/ L55 smoothbore weapon produced nether licence successful South Korea. The layout of the K2 MBT is conventional, with the driver’s compartment astatine the front, warring compartment successful the halfway and motor and transmission astatine the rear.