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In a strategic response to the lessons learned from the conflict in Ukraine, Poland has embarked on a significant modernization of its rocket and artillery forces. Recently, the Minister of National Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, announced the execution of a contract worth $2.6 billion with Hanwha Defense for the acquisition of 6 self-propelled howitzers K9A1 and 146 in the K9PL version. This deal, encompassing training, logistics, and a substantial ammunition stockpile, marks a crucial step in bolstering Poland’s defense capabilities.
Learning from Ukraine
Błaszczak emphasized that the decision to acquire these advanced artillery systems is a direct response to insights gained from the Ukrainian conflict. Following recommendations from military experts, Poland aims to possess over 1000 155mm self-propelled howitzers, underscoring the nation’s commitment to fortifying its military strength.
Beyond procurement, the agreement includes the transfer of technology to Polish industries, allowing for domestic servicing of the modern equipment. This move not only enhances national security but also contributes to building self-sufficiency in ammunition production.
Dobra wiadomość dla Wojsk Rakietowych i Artylerii w Dniu Ich Święta. Agencja Uzbrojenia oraz konsorcjum PGZ i HSW podpisały umowę ramową na dostarczenie dla WP wozów wspierających armatohaubice na polu walki. Sprzęt współdziała zarówno z Krabem jak i K9. Wojsko Polskie kupuje i… pic.twitter.com/GYslDcztce— Mariusz Błaszczak (@mblaszczak) December 1, 2023
Cost Efficiency and Independence
Acknowledging that operational costs constitute a significant portion of weapon life cycle expenses, Błaszczak highlighted that the deal would grant Poland the capability to produce modular charges independently. This achievement brings the nation closer to achieving autonomy in the production of ammunition for self-propelled howitzers.