Poland to buy K239 multiple rocket launcher systems from South Korea

polish minister of defense Mariusz Blaszczak confirmed that the country will acquire hundreds of K239 Chunmoo multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) from South Korean company Hanwha Defense.

Poland would use the new rocket systems alongside US-built HIMARS launchers to improve the country’s protection against evolving threats.

“We have completed contract negotiations”, Błaszczak said. “I intend to sign a framework contract for the supply of nearly 300 K239 Chunmoo multiple rocket launchers.”

Besides weapons, Warsaw is seeking a technology transfer agreement to allow South Korean MLRS to be integrated with Polish-built Jelcz vehicles and Topaz combat management systems.

The agreement would allow the Polish defense industry to acquire know-how in the production of rockets for the Chunmoo.

Deliveries of the K239 MLRS are expected to begin in 2023.

K239 Chunmoo MLRS

Hanwha Defense K239 Chunmoo MLRS is a multi-caliber launch rocket system that entered service with the South Korean military in 2015.

It is part of the new generation artillery that fires 130 and 230 millimeter ammunition.

The Chunmoo provides the military with all-weather indirect fire capability to strike enemy air defenses and armored formations up to 300 kilometers (186 miles).

Outside of South Korea, the K239 MLRS is in service with the United Arab Emirates.

Growing threats

Poland’s recent defense spending spree comes amid growing threats fueled by Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

European countries, mainly members of NATO, are invited to increase their defense capabilities to deal with emerging threats.

Earlier this year, Warsaw signed a $5.76 billion contract to purchase 180 Black Panther K2 tanks and 212 K9A1 self-propelled howitzers from Seoul.

Poland also signed a 65 billion Polish zloty ($13.7 billion) deal with the Asian nation to deliver 48 light combat aircraft.

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