Poland receives first defence shipment from South Korea

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10 Black Panther K2 tanks, along with 24 Thunder K9 howitzers were received by the Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday 

The Polish government has received the first shipment of tanks and howitzers from South Korea, after a deal signed this summer worth $5.8 billion.  

According to a report in the Associated Press, the shipment of heavy weapons was received by the Polish President Andrzej Duda and Mariusz Blaszczak the country’s defense minister on Tuesday, December 6. The shipment of 10 Black Panther K2 tanks, along with 24 Thunder K9 howitzers arrived at the Polish Navy port of Gdynia, on the Baltic coast.  

Discussing the deal, President Duda said, “The quick pace of this delivery is of crucial importance in the face of Russian aggression and the war in Ukraine”. He further added, “This is the future, this is the real strengthening of Poland’s security and in order to stop aggression, to stop the enemy, it is necessary for the army to have this modern equipment”.  

Meanwhile, a quote by Eom Dong-hwan, South Korea’s Minister of the Armaments Agency in the report said, this agreement has a significant moment in history for Korean-Polish relationship. Eom said, “The world is watching with attention as the two countries rapidly developing defense cooperation”.  

The report states, Poland is also buying K239 Chunmoo, a Korean-made multiple missile launcher. Aside from this, the country will also buy FA-50 fighter jets, made jointly by Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace for over $3 billion.  

The deal made with South Korea was signed in the face of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the report said. 

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