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Polish army. There is a contract for additional K9 gun howitzers

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Poland will acquire six K9A1 self-propelled howitzers and 146 K9PL self-propelled howitzers, along with a training and logistics package and ammunition supplies, said Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak.

“We are drawing conclusions from the war in Ukraine. We are modernizing missile troops and artillery. According to the recommendation of SGWP and DGRSZ, the Polish Army should have over 1,000 155 mm gun howitzers. Therefore, today another executive contract was concluded for the acquisition of 6 K9A1 self-propelled howitzers and 146 K9PL version with a package training, logistics and ammunition supplies,” wrote the Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak on the X platform

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As he emphasized, the agreement also provides for the transfer of technology to the Polish industry that will service this modern equipment. “Operating costs constitute a significant part of the armament life cycle costs. Poland will also gain the ability to produce modular charges. We are achieving independence in the production of ammunition for gun howitzers. Today, the Armament Agency invited HSW to talks on increasing the supply of KRABs,” the head of the Ministry of National Defense also said.

K9A1Artur Reszko/PAP

As stated on the website of the Polish Army, “the subject of the executive agreement, worth USD 2.6 billion net, concluded between the State Treasury – Armament Agency and Hanwha Defense, is the acquisition of another 6 self-propelled howitzers of the K9 family, K9A1 version, in 2025, and 146 self-propelled howitzers in the K9PL version, in 2026-2027.

Mariusz Błaszczak in the photo

Training and logistics package

The announcement said that the contract also includes a training and logistics package and the delivery of a significant stock of 155 mm ammunition, including several dozen thousand pieces. The logistics package includes a stock of spare parts, spare parts and consumables, as well as equipment for the operation of howitzers, it was reported.

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In addition – as we read – as part of the technology transfer, technical documentation will be transferred, industrial potential will be established for the army and industry, which will also include the implementation of maintenance, renovation and modernization works as well as the production of selected howitzer structural elements in entities of the Polish defense industry. “The above-mentioned actions will enable the rapid achievement, within a few years, of the operational capabilities required by the Polish Armed Forces by supplying them with modern military equipment” – it is reported on the Polish Army’s website.

K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzerPAP

Main photo source: Artur Reszko/PAP

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