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Head of the Ministry of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak in South Korea. Poland bought Korean FA-50 aircraft

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Military cooperation between Poland and South Korea will be the subject of talks by Deputy Prime Minister, head of the Ministry of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak, the Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday. During the three-day visit starting on Monday, the presentation of the first copy of the FA-50 combat trainer aircraft for Poland was planned.

The interlocutors of the head of the Ministry of National Defense will be his South Korean counterpart Lee Jong-sup, Minister Eom Dong-hwan responsible for the defense procurement program, as well as deputy chief security adviser Lim Jong-deuk. As announced by the Ministry of Defence, further military cooperation between Poland and South Korea will be discussed during these meetings.

On Wednesday, Minister Błaszczak will take part in the rollout (ceremonial removal) from the KAI Factory of the first FA-50 Fighting Eagle aircraft from the contract for Poland.

The defense ministers of both countries will also observe fire training with the use of the K239 Chunmoo rocket artillery system and the K9 self-propelled howitzer. Poland bought both of these systems from Korea, as well as K2 tanks.

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New agreements. Poland buys planes

The ministers will sign an agreement on the establishment of a joint Polish-Korean council for cooperation in defense matters and defense industries. The agenda of the visit includes the first meeting of this council, which will be chaired by the heads of defense ministries. It will consist of six working committees whose main task will be to strengthen military cooperation, education and research and development.

In September last year, the head of the Ministry of National Defense approved two executive contracts for the purchase of FA-50 light combat aircraft, of which Poland ordered 48 pieces.

One of the contracts concerns the purchase of 12 aircraft in the currently available version used by the Korean military aviation. The second provides for the delivery of 36 machines in a variant compliant with the requirements of the Polish Air Force. 12 aircraft in the available configuration will be delivered this year. Deliveries of 36 more are scheduled for 2025-28.

The contracts also include training, logistical and technical support. The total value of the contracts is USD 3 billion – USD 700 million for the first 12 machines and USD 2.3 billion for planes in a special version for Poland.

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