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Poland signs deal for rocket artillery systems from South Korea

04.11.2022 15:00
Poland’s defense minister on Friday signed an executive agreement for the purchase of 218 self-propelled multiple rocket launchers from South Korea for the Polish armed forces, according to an announcement.
Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak.
Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak.Photo: PAP/Marcin Obara

“The Polish Army will soon receive K239 Chunmoo rocket launchers," the Polish Ministry of Defense said in a tweet.

It added that Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak on Friday "approved an executive agreement to purchase 218 launchers, with logistics and training packages, and ammunition."

Last month, Błaszczak, who is also a deputy prime minister, approved a framework agreement for the purchase of 288 K239 Chunmoo rocket artillery systems and ammunition. 

He told reporters at the time that the K239 Chunmoo “have very similar characteristics” to the US-made advanced HIMARS rocket systems ordered by Poland in 2019 and due to be delivered in 2023.

The first batch of 18 South Korean K239 Chunmoo multiple launch rocket systems is expected to arrive in Poland next year.

The “South Korean HIMARS” are capable of firing rockets with a range of up to 290 kilometres, officials told reporters. 

In June, Poland’s Ministry of Defense unveiled plans to buy 500 more M142 HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) rocket launchers from the United States.


Source: PAP