Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced that Poland has purchased tanks and fighter jets from South Korea to replace those that they have chosen to donate to Ukraine to help fight the Russian invasion.
The purchase includes 980 tanks based on the South Korean K2 “Black Panther” model, 648 self-propelled K9 armored howitzers, and 48 FA-50 fighter jets.
“Today we have signed contracts for the supply of K2 tanks, K9 cannon howitzers, and FA-50 aircraft. Our armed forces receive modern weapons, and the industry gets a chance for further development,” said Blaszczak.
The first 180 Hyundai Rotem K2 tanks with auto-loading 120-millimeter cannons are anticipated to arrive this year, as well as the first batch of Hanwha Defense’s K9 howitzers.
Blaszczak previously said that the purchase will “significantly increase Poland’s security and the strength of the Polish Army.”
Poland also revealed earlier this month that it would purchase 32 Leonardo AW149 multi-role military helicopters for 1.75 billion euros ($1.83 billion) from Italy.
“We must support Ukraine because it is fighting for us, but we must also strengthen our own defense capabilities,” said Blazsczak.
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