Poland and South Korea join forces for the long term for ambitious industrial defense cooperation

1000 heavy tanks, 672 self-propelled guns, at least 50 combat aircraft, and several hundred multiple rocket launchers… These are the extraordinary figures surrounding the defense partnership that Poland and South Korea are about to sign, to make South Korea one of the world leaders in the armored vehicle market, and Poland the European pillar of production of this type of vehicle in the years to come. Indeed, beyond the spectacular reinforcement of the capacities of the Polish armies, which will align at the end of the decade 1500 modern tanks, as many infantry combat vehicles, 1200…

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Poland to order 180 K2 tanks, 670 K9 guns and 48 FA-50 fighter jets from South Korea

Since the beginning of the Russian attack in Ukraine, Germany, Great Britain and France have been competing with each other in terms of declarations and projects to equip themselves with the largest European conventional armed force, the best army or the best Marine. But in fact, in February 2022, the largest conventional land force in Europe was neither French, nor British or German, but Polish. Indeed, Warsaw was then fielding 750 Leopard 2A4, PT-91 and T-72 combat tanks, as well as 1500 BWP-1 and KTO Rosomak infantry fighting vehicles, nearly 500 Krab, Dana, Godzik and Rak self-propelled guns, as well as near…

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Turkey fears US intervention to halt the acquisition of South Korean engines for its Altay tank

While discussions between Ankara and Seoul over the propulsion package borrowed from the K2 Black Panther tank to equip the Turkish heavy tank Altay have progressed in recent weeks, they have also taken a different direction from that initially envisaged by Turkish officials. Indeed, where the latter initially envisaged co-production with technology transfer for the 250 Doosan engines and S&T Dynamics distribution which are to equip the first tranche of Altay tanks, it seems that now they are content with an acquisition "off the shelf" of the propulsion pack according to the statements of the Turkish authorities. Obviously, in such an approach, it seems little...

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On the brink, Turkish BMC signs partnership with South Korea to power Altay tank

Undisputed star of Eurosatory 2018, the Turkish heavy battle tank Atlay and its manufacturer, BMC, have since experienced many difficulties, following European sanctions following Turkish intervention in Syria, and provocations by Ankara against Greece. in the eastern Mediterranean. Indeed, the flagship program of the Turkish defense industry was therefore deprived of the components essential to its realization, the transmission and the turbo-diesel engine supplied by the Germans RENK and MTU, and the composite steel used for the armor of the tank of French invoice. Since then, the assembly line of the tank set up by BMC was at a standstill, putting the company…

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Altay, Black Panther, Oplot: What are modern battle tanks worth? 3/3

It was said to be outdated or too vulnerable, yet the battle tank has experienced a remarkable resurgence of interest in recent years from the major armies of the world. After having presented the main Western, Russian and Chinese tanks in the two previous articles, we are going, in this final analysis, to focus on less known models, and yet powerful and promising, on the operational scene as in the field of export. Make way today for the South Korean K2 Black Panther, the Turkish Atlay, the Japanese Type 10 and the Ukrainian BM Oplot. South Korea: K2 Black Panther Considered by many specialists to be the tank…

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Turkish Altay main battle tank to receive engine and transmission from South Korea

Since the Turkish intervention in northern Syria in 2019, several European countries, including Germany, have placed an embargo on defense equipment and technologies that may be used by the Turkish armies in this conflict. This decision was a blow to one of the flagship programs of the Turkish defense industry, the Altay heavy battle tank, as well as to President Erdogan himself, who is the most important promoter of the defense industrial effort. unique in Turkey. Indeed, the Altay was to embark, at least on the first series, an engine and a distribution of German origin, pending the arrival of a reliable national solution. Fact,…

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South Korean K2 Black Panther tank still hasn't solved its tuning issues

In recent months, South Korea had been very active in promoting its K2 Black Panther battle tank in international competitions, in particular by offering Poland an advanced partnership to replace its T72s from the Soviet era, but also to serve as an anchor point for the new armored vehicle in order to meet the increase in demand for battle tanks anticipated in the coming years, including on the old continent. But the sky is darkening again for the Black Panther since, on November 25, the South Korean arms agency DAPA announced that the tanks of the…

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Italy offers Poland joint design of European heavy tank

Both Rome and Warsaw have expressed their interest to Germany and France in the new generation MGCS battle tank program in recent months. However, the Franco-German couple seems, in both cases, not to have given a favorable response to these approaches, any more than to Rome's request to integrate the MGCS program into the framework of European permanent structured cooperation, or PESCO. Therefore, it is hardly surprising to discover that Italy has offered Poland the common design of a new heavy combat tank, and to open access to it to other European partners, such as the Spain. According to the website…

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South Korea pulls out all the stops to sell K2 Black Panther tank to Poland

If the acquisition of South Korean K2 Black Panther tanks by Poland was, a few weeks ago, only a working hypothesis, it has since become more credible, given the disagreements on the Polish participation in the Franco-German next-generation tank program MGCS. The very detailed and most attractive proposal made by Seoul in Warsaw this week now gives it a most probable status. Indeed, the South Korean authorities have obviously fully perceived the military, industrial, political and budgetary needs of their Polish counterparts, by proposing an offer tailored to win the decision. So, the K2PL, such is…

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Without MGCS, Poland could turn to South Korean K2 Black Panther

Last February, President Emmanuel Macron had hinted, during his official visit to Poland, that Paris and Berlin could accept Warsaw in the MGCS program, intended to design and manufacture the future replacement for the French Leclerc and Leopard 2 tanks. German by 2035. But since then, nothing seems to have changed in this case. On the contrary, echoes coming from Poland would now suggest that Polish participation in the Franco-German program was no longer topical. The South Korean Hyundai is now deploying treasures of persuasion to get Warsaw interested in its new K2 Black Panther battle tank, whose construction…

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