The head of the Polish Ministry of Defence, Mariusz Błaszczak, announced that a memorandum was signed by and between PGZ and Hyundai Rotem, confirming our previous reports on such a memorandum being planned.
Wojsko🇵🇱musi być wyposażone w nowoczesny sprzęt, o czym podczas wizyty w 🇰🇷 rozwiałem m. in. z przedstawicielami Hyundai Rotem. Dziś @PGZ_pl i Hyundai Rotem podpisały memorandum o wspólnym rozwoju czołgów i transporterów opancerzonych. To ważny krok dla rozwoju wojska i przemysłu pic.twitter.com/uzaURMWkkq— Mariusz Błaszczak (@mblaszczak) June 13, 2022
The information that had been previously published by Defence24.pl suggested that the memorandum that was planned to be signed, concerned cooperation tied to two land component modernization programmes. The first one is the Wilk MBT programme. Here, a Polish-Korean offer is to include the K2PL MBT developed jointly by the Polish and Korean industry, based on the K2 MBT operated by South Korea, but custom-tailored to Polish requirements.
It is assumed that in-depth polonization would happen, with key components technologies to be transferred. The MoD is also considering an acquisition of a certain number of existing K2 vehicles, to meet the urgent needs. Hyundai Rotem K2 Black Panther is an MBT that is being commissioned in the ROKAF, and it is also offered to Norway, Egypt, and Poland of course.
The K2 features a 120 mm L52 gun made in Korea, along with an autoloader. It has been fitted with advanced electronic fire control and battle management systems. The MBT features the so-called in-arm hydropneumatic suspension system. It is NATO Generic Vehicle Architecture compliant which makes it easier to integrate it with systems provided by the NATO-based manufacturers.
Another programme that may be covered by the memorandum signed with Hyundai Rotem is the one tied to a wheeled APC. It is assumed that PGZ, jointly with Hyundai Rotem, would develop a vehicle meeting the requirements of the Polish Armed Forces. Then it would be manufactured at the Rosomak S.A. company, along with other PGZ Group businesses. The South-Korean company is currently manufacturing its K806 (6x6), and K808 (8x8) APC designs. Nonetheless, the vehicle that would be created here would be an entirely new design, created from a scratch, based on the domestic requirements. In the longer run the new vehicles would complement, and gradually replace the legacy Rosomak APCs based on the Patria XC-360P AMV.
Jakub Palowski, Jędrzej Graf