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PGZ agreement with Hanwha Defense signed at MSPO

07 september 2022
The South Korean Hanwha Defense and Polish Armaments Group have signed a memorandum setting out the partnership principles for production, servicing, life cycle costs and future development of K9 self-propelled howitzers, infantry fighting vehicles and multiple rocket launchers. The memorandum was signed on the second day of the Targi Kielce MSPO.

The memorandum defines the distribution of roles and responsibilities in the Polish-Korean industrial partnership as part of the project for the purchase of 672 self-propelled howitzers of the K9 family. Other cooperation areas are: infantry fighting vehicles and missile artillery, when solutions if this kind are ordered by the Polish Armed Forces.

- The Polish defence industry has already had over a decade of fruitful cooperation with Hanwha Defense. The most recognizable result of this partnership is the KRAB howitzer, a not-so-distant relative of the K9 howitzer. Today's agreement is the next cooperation stage, and translates into the development of our economies and an increase in the armed forces' potential in our countries - said Sebastian Chwałek, president of PGZ.

- I am very proud that the partnership between Hanwha Defense and PGZ has grown significantly since the KRAB development agreement was signed in 2014 - said Son Jaeil, president and CEO of Hanwha Defense.

Poland chose the K9 self-propelled howitzer as the successor to the S21 "Goździk" howitzer. Ultimately, plans stipulate to acquire 672 vehicles that will be manufactured, serviced and repaired at PGZ. The memorandum also concerns other potential areas of PGZ-Hanwha cooperation - infantry fighting vehicles and rocket artillery. This is now being processed at the Ministry of National Defence.

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