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Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa and Hyundai Rotem Consortium to Build Korean K-2PL Tanks in Poland

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Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa and Hyundai Rotem Consortium to Build Korean K-2PL Tanks in Poland
Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa and Hyundai Rotem Consortium to Build Korean K-2PL Tanks in Poland

Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, Wojskowe Zak?ady Motoryzacyjne and the South Korean company Hyundai Rotem Company have signed a consortium agreement. Its goal will be to jointly offer K-2PL tanks and accompanying equipment to the Polish Army. The contracts were signed in the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of National Defense Mariusz B?aszczak at the Land Forces Training Center in Bemowo Piskie. The creation of the consortium was necessary for further talks with the Armament Agency on offering K-2PL tanks to the Polish army. The tanks are to be built as a result of Polish-Korean industrial cooperation. The consortium agreement is another document signed recently by both parties. On February 23, PGZ and WZM signed an industrial agreement with HRC defining the main directions of cooperation on K-2PL tanks. The current agreement is a continuation of the existing arrangements.

Today’s agreement is an important moment in the mutual cooperation between Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa and our South Korean partner, Hyundai Rotem. The consortium we have established is the basis for our further talks on the involvement of other PGZ Group companies as subcontractors in the production of K-2PL tanks. Now, as part of the dialogue with the Armament Agency, we will determine the details of the order – said Sebastian Chwa?ek, President of the Management Board of PGZ S.A. As he pointed out, advanced work is currently underway to prepare the other companies from the Group to participate in the program. In addition to Wojskowe Zak?ady Motoryzacyjne, which is also a signatory to the agreement, the key locations where the production of tanks and components will be carried out are Stalowa Wola and Kalisz.

In addition to buying K2A tanks from South Korea, Poland plans to also manufacture about 1,000 improved K2PL variants in Poznan, where PGZ and Hyundai Rotem have formed a consortium to handle their production.
In addition to buying K2A tanks from South Korea, Poland plans to also manufacture about 1,000 improved K2PL variants in Poznan, where PGZ and Hyundai Rotem have formed a consortium to handle their production. (Photo by Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa)

For the companies of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa involved in the implementation of the tank program, this is an opportunity to use the competences already held in various areas. In this regard, it is crucial to launch the production of K-2PL tanks and ensure the greatest possible involvement of the companies from the PGZ Capital Group, as well as the local industry, in this process. The signed consortium agreement is another step on the way to achieve this goal, thanks to detailing the principles of industrial cooperation in the production, delivery and service of K2 tanks in the PL version. In addition to the tanks themselves, this also applies to cooperation in the development of new support platforms. Based on the potential of research and development centers, as well as specialized engineering and construction staff, Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa is ready to develop specialized versions of supporting vehicles for K-2PL tanks.

The unique solutions proposed by the Polish side of the consortium may also be of interest to the Korean side. As part of subsequent executive contracts, the plan is to deliver polonized tanks together with supporting vehicles based on the platform used in the K-2PL tanks. Both tanks and supporting vehicles on tracked chassis will be produced in Wojskowe Zak?ady Motoryzacyjne. One of the most important areas of Polish-Korean cooperation is also support for the use of new equipment acquired by the army. Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa is the main domestic partner of the Polish army in the field of maintenance, service, repair and modernization of virtually all types of armament and military equipment. The same assumption also applies to equipment acquired under contracts with South Korean partners.

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