Poland struck a contract with South Korea to purchase tanks and self-propelled weapons valued more than $5.7 billion. It is part of the two countries’ largest arms sale to date, which was inked last month.
The total value of the agreement has not been disclosed by the parties, but the Korean media pegged it at up to $15 billion USD. Under the terms of the deal, Poland bought 180 K2 tanks, 48 FA-50 fighters, and several self-propelled weapons.
Earlier, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol promised to advance the nation’s defence sector while stepping up security ties with European nations. Yoon Suk-yeol became the first head of state from South Korea to participate in the June NATO summit in Spain as an observer.
Poland has declared it will double the size of its army and raise military spending to 3% of its GDP. Minister of Defense for Poland, Mariusz Blaszczak, stated:
We are keeping an eye on the situation in Ukraine. We are aware of the significance of ground forces, armoured forces, and artillery development. That’s why we agreed to this arrangement.