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    Polish-Korean partnership establishes production of K2 tanks in Poland

    Today, Poland’s state-owned defence group, the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ), and the Military Automotive Works (WZM) — a subsidiary of PGZ — have joined forces with South Korean firm Hyundai Rotem to form a consortium for the production of K2 main battle tanks and their components in Poland. This collaboration is expected to significantly boost the country’s defence capabilities.

    President Andrzej Duda and Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak attended a firing exercise of K2 tanks and K9 howitzers, purchased from South Korea, at the Bemowo Piskie military training ground near Orzysz on Friday. After observing the exercise, the pair signed an agreement.

    PGZ has announced the formation of a consortium to further discussions with the Armament Agency on the supply of K-2PL tanks to the Polish Army. The tanks will be produced as a result of a joint venture between Poland and South Korea.

    The CEO of Polish Defence Group (PGZ), Sebastian Chwałek, has announced the formation of a consortium to build K-2PL tanks, citing a press release from the company. In the statement, Chwałek said the consortium lays the groundwork for further discussions about PGZ companies being involved in the production of the tanks as subcontractors.

    Poland’s Armament Agency and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) are in discussions to agree on specific details.

    Polish defence companies PGZ and WZM signed an industrial agreement with Hyundai Rotem at the end of February. This agreement is a continuation of the existing cooperation between the three parties and outlines the details of the production, delivery, and service of the K2PL version of the K2 tanks.

    In August 2019, Poland’s Defence Ministry and a Korean manufacturer agreed to a contract for the production of K2 tanks. The initial deal is for 180 tanks, costing a total of USD 5.8 billion. The contract includes the option to purchase a further 820 tanks, which would be manufactured under licence in Poland. This brings the total number of tanks ordered to 1,000.

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