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Błaszczak points to closer Polish-South Korean defence industrial collaboration

13th June 2022 - 13:30 GMT | by Grzegorz Sobczak in Warsaw

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The K21 IFV was presented to Polish defence minister Mariusz Błaszczak during his recent visit to South Korea. (Photo: Wojciech Król/Polish MoD Operational Centre)

South Korea is set to become an important source of defence materiel to Poland and — by extension — Ukraine.

Despite investing heavily in acquiring the US-made Abrams M1A2 SEPv3 MBT, it appears the door remains open for Poland to buy the K2 Black Panther platform from South Korea in the polonised K2PL configuration.

During a visit to Seoul in late May, Polish defence minister Mariusz Błaszczak signed an agreement with his counterpart Lee Jong-sup to enhance defence industrial and R&D cooperation.

Błaszczak also met Kang Eun-ho, head of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration.

‘I believe, that… together with Polish industry, Korea will deliver K2 MBTs to Polish Army soon,’ Błaszczak said. ‘Details will be negotiated, but the starting

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