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    First K2 tanks handed over to Polish Army soldiers

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    Prime Minister Morawiecki and Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of National Defence Blaszczak met with soldiers in Morag. During the meeting, they handed over South Korean K2 tanks to the 20th Mechanised Brigade.

    On 9 December 2022, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Deputy Prime Minister Mariusz Blaszczak in Morag met with soldiers of the 20th Mechanised Brigade – the unit to which the first Korean K2 tanks were delivered. Along with the tanks, the first batch of ammunition and spare parts was delivered. In parallel, the training of the Polish Army soldiers who will form the crews of the K2 tanks is underway in South Korea.

    “On 26 August this year, I approved a contract for the purchase of K2 tanks for the equipment of the Polish Army. Today, the first of these tanks are here behind us, having arrived at the port in Gdynia a few days ago. Today, they are in the target unit, in the 20th Mechanised Brigade. In a brigade that is growing, because a battalion of K2 tanks arrived right here in Morąg,”

    Mariusz Błaszczak, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence, said during the handover of the first K2 tanks to the Polish Army.

    “The K2 tank is one of the most modern tanks. It was designed and manufactured in the 21st century. It is a tank that is characterised by great capabilities. Both in terms of combat capabilities and design (…) We benefit from the best experience that has been developed in South Korea. We are proud of the fact that in such a short time we have led to the strengthening of the Polish Army, to the strengthening of the 16th Mechanised Division,”

    Deputy Prime Minister Blaszczak pointed out.

    “Everyone who skimps on their armed forces should be afraid. All of Russia’s neighbours are aware of the threats posed by the Kremlin, which is why we have decided to strengthen the Polish Armed Forces’ potential,”

    Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said during the conference.

    In July this year, a framework agreement was concluded with Hyundai Rotem for the acquisition of K2 tanks along with associated vehicles, i.e., technical protection vehicles, and engineering support vehicles. The agreement includes also other elements based on Polish solutions, as well as a training and logistics package, ammunition stock and technical support from the manufacturer. 

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