Poland to buy 1,000 K2 tanks and wants to create the strongest land army in Europe
The Polish Ministry of National Defense plans to buy 1,000 K2 tanks from South Korea for its army. The ministry wants to create the strongest land army in Europe and pays great attention to arming armored units with tanks.
This was announced by the head of the Polish defense ministry Mariusz Blaszczak, reported the PAP publication. Poland has signed a contract for the delivery of 180 vehicles, which will arrive by 2025. The first ones are already in service with the Polish army.
"The next step is the acquisition of 820 K2PL tanks, i.e. a polonized version of this tank," the minister added, specifying that a joint Polish-South Korean armed consortium has been established for this purpose.
According to Blaszczak, the country aims to maximize the involvement of the Polish defense industry, so the authorities expect the first K2PLs to enter the army in 2026. These tanks, together with the US-made Abrams, will form the backbone of Poland's armored forces for the coming decades, the minister said.
"This is a landmark strengthening of our defense potential. We are building the strongest land army in Europe," Blaszczak said.
In addition, Poland intends to increase the size of its 175,000-strong army, strengthen air defense and meet the army's ammunition needs.
The K2 is a South Korean tank, equipped with extremely high running qualities, that weighs much less than its Western counterparts - only 55 tons. The maximum speed of the K2 is up to 70 km/h, on the ground - 50 km/h, acceleration to 32 km/h in 7 seconds.
We shall remind you that earlier Blaszczak said that Poland had moved troops to the border with Belarus. The military group was created to carry out the operation Rengaw, the purpose of which is deterrence and urgent response in case of need.
The Polish minister assessed the current situation on the border with Belarus as alarming. He expressed the opinion that Poland's border is in danger.
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