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Poland buys $6 billion worth of military equipment from South Korea

Poland buys billion worth of military equipment from South Korea

Because of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, Poland is buying heavy military equipment in South Korea for about $5.8 billion, according to Handelsblatt. Authorities in Seoul said today that Poland has agreed with two South Korean arms companies to deliver K2 Black Panther tanks and K9 self-propelled howitzers, among other things.

Because of the tensions, NATO member Poland recently decided to expand arms imports.

The contract signed with Poland on Friday is part of a larger arms deal the two countries had already agreed to in July. No official details were given about the volume.

South Korean media estimates her worth as high as $15 billion. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, who has been in office since May, has advocated increasing security cooperation with European countries.

In addition, he wants to promote his country’s defense industry, in view of the tensions with North Korea. Poland buys 180 K2 tanks, an unknown number of howitzers and 48 FA-50 fighter jets from South Korea. According to South Korea, Friday’s agreement covers a first tranche.

German delivery times are too long for Poland

Citing Polish government circles, the “Welt am Sonntag” newspaper had reported that no orders would be given from Warsaw to German defense companies such as Rheinmetall or Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW).

Poland said German delivery times were too long in the face of the Russian threat. In addition, Poland is disappointed by Germany’s reluctance to deliver heavy weapons to Ukraine.

Warsaw wondered whether it could rely on munitions deliveries from Germany if the Russian army crossed the border into Poland.

Source: Capital