Poland signs contracts with South Korea to purchase K2 tanks K9 howitzers FA-50 fighter
According to information published on the Twitter account of the Polish Minister of Defense Mariusz Błaszczak on July 27, 2022, Poland signed contracts with the South Korean Defense Industry for the acquisition of 980 K2 Main Battle Tanks, 648 K9 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers and 48 FA-50 fighter aircraft.
Citing information from the Polish Minister of Defense Mariusz Błaszczak, Poland plans to increase the military power of its armed forces to reach a manpower of 300,000 soldiers. Currently, the armed forces of Poland are around 120,000 people.
Poland expects the first delivery of South Korean tanks, howitzers, and fighter aircraft in 2022.
According to a modernization plan of the Polish armed forces published on the Internet, Poland plans to acquire 180 K2 MBTs (Main Battle Tanks) from 2022 to 2025 and another batch of 820 K2 tanks with deliveries beginning in 2026.
In terms of artillery systems, Poland would like to acquire 672 K9 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers manufactured by the South Korean company Hanwha Defense.
For the Polish Air Force, Poland will replace the Soviet-made Su-22 and MiG-29 fighter aircraft. It is planned to purchase 12 South Korean KAI FA-50 Block 10 light combat aircraft and 36 South Korean KAI FA-50PL units.