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Armed Forces

First Homar-K MLRS Platform for the Polish Army

Homar-K MLRS
Photo. Adam Świerkowski

Head of the Polish MoD, Mariusz Błaszczak announced that the artillerymen of the 18th Artillery Regiment based in Nowa Dęba would soon receive the first, complete Homar-K MLRS.

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Therefore, this means that the Army would receive the first, polonized K239PL MLRS system designated Homar-K, with the South Korean launcher expected to be installed on a Polish Jelcz 8x8 chassis. Moreover, the platform also features the ZZKO Topaz fire control system, which allows the Polonized Chunmoo to be plugged into the FCS/BMS systems used by the Polish artillery units - it is a top-class solution. The assumption is that by the end of the year, our Army is to receive 18 Homar-K MLRS systems in total. Integration of launchers with the base platforms, and Polish systems and components is currently underway.

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Ultimately, the Polish Armed Forces would acquire 218 K239PL/Homar-K MLRS systems, based on the first performance contract signed in November 2022. The first 18 examples would be received by the 18th Mechanized Division before the end of 2023. Three Homar-K systems have been assembled at Hanwha Aerospace in South Korea, and they are based on the Polish Jelcz trucks. Another 15 systems would be integrated at HSW in Stalowa Wola. Assembly of another 200 examples envisaged in the first performance contract signed in October 2022 would be happening in Stalowa Wola. It is possible that further launchers would be integrated onto the 3rd generation Jelcz vehicles, as demonstrated during the last MSPO exhibition.

Jelcz 883.57 premiere, Kielce, MSPO, September 2023.
Photo. Justyna Orzechowska/Jelcz

To support the second performance contract regarding the K239PL/Homar-K MLRS systems during MSPO 2023, Hanwha Aerospace and PGZ have signed an arrangement protocol. The document specifies the rules for the implementation of the second performance contract. Hanwha Aerospace has obliged itself to conduct a transfer of technologies for a guided missile with a range of 80 kilometers, within the framework of a business model that is to be developed with PGZ, including the establishment of a joint venture. The launcher technology meanwhile, would be transferred to PGZ companies designated by the Group. The protocol also assumes that actions would be undertaken, to integrate Polish 122 mm rockets with the K239 Chunmoo/Homar-K launcher. A mock-up of such a solution has already been presented at MSPO.

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Homar-K.
Photo. Armament Agency/X
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