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A version of the K2 "Black Panther" tank may begin to be produced in Poland

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The Republic of Korea wants to negotiate with Poland on the production of the main combat tank K2PL. This proposal was made by Hyundai Rotem Corporation.


As you know, last year Poland expressed a desire to take part in the production of a European main battle tank, the idea of ​​which was put forward by the FRG and France. But negotiations between the countries have not yet ended in success. Moreover, the chances that Poland will participate in the project are becoming less tangible.

South Korea expects that the lull in negotiations between Poland on the one hand and Germany and France on the other hand may bring some benefit to the South Korean defense industry. Lee Han-soo, senior manager of the global sales and marketing group for Hyundai Rotem, said that the production of the tank under the Korean license could begin at Polish factories, which will load the capacity of the Polish defense industry.

Currently in service with the Polish Army are about 247 Leopard 2 A4 and A5 tanks. However, this number of modern tanks in the Ministry of National Defense is considered excessively small, given the specific geographical position of Poland on the eastern borders of NATO. Therefore, Warsaw is urgently looking for a replacement for Soviet-made T-72 tanks, which are still in large numbers at the disposal of the Polish ground forces.

If the project of the European main battle tank is implemented without the participation of the Polish side, then Warsaw will have to find other opportunities to replace the old tanks. In this case, it is possible that the choice will indeed fall on South Korean combat vehicles.


The South Korean K2 Black Panther main battle tank entered service in 2014. It is currently in service with the South Korean ground forces. The tank has good characteristics and is considered one of the best modern main battle tanks.

However, this tank, firstly, is extremely complex in technical terms, and secondly, it has a very high cost. The price of one tank is about $ 8,5 million, which makes the Black Panther one of the most expensive main battle tanks in the world. Consequently, there are not many potential buyers for the Hyundai Rotem combat vehicle.

Poland, in turn, has never been one of the rich states capable of paying that kind of money for a main battle tank, and it is unlikely that it will be able to buy enough Korean tanks to replace the Soviet T-72. Moreover, initially it was about the need to purchase at least 300 modern battle tanks. Therefore, the production of tanks in Poland, using Korean technologies, is almost the only option for Warsaw to acquire one of the best modern tanks, albeit in a somewhat simplified version.

Note that Poland is very concerned about the buildup of Russian military potential and is striving in every possible way to strengthen the defense of its eastern borders, including by increasing the number of modern tanks, since now the Polish army cannot be compared with the Russian in terms of the number of tanks in service. and Warsaw seems to have long lost faith in the possibility of a quick transfer of Allied tanks from the more western countries of the North Atlantic Alliance to the east.
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  1. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 10 September 2020 10: 31 New
    +2
    In words, Poland is already as steep as the coast of the Baltic Sea. And the Grodno region wants to grab onto it. And it wants to be a gas hub. And then the coolest, expensive tank, the tank wants to release. Do not overstrain, you still have hundreds of billions of euros in loans! And we are for missile defense. We'll also stick Zircon in the ass. Caliber flies too long. drinks
    1. Postum
      Postum 10 September 2020 10: 34 New
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      who is talking about what, and you again about asses ...
      1. tralflot1832
        tralflot1832 10 September 2020 10: 53 New
        +2
        They may be nice to you. But the Poles owe me $ 200, I'm not vindictive, but I remember. And in general, a normal Russian should always have a desire to repeat the feat of Ivan Susanin. wassat
        1. Free wind
          Free wind 10 September 2020 11: 25 New
          +1
          So now everyone has navigators, and the swamps have been drained. forests cut down, get lost if only drunk is possible.
          1. APASUS
            APASUS 10 September 2020 13: 19 New
            +2
            Quote: Free Wind
            So now everyone has navigators, and the swamps have been drained. forests cut down, get lost if only drunk is possible.

            Open Lisa Alert's website and don't be silly!
          2. Grits
            Grits 10 September 2020 16: 34 New
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            Quote: Free Wind
            So now everyone has navigators, and the swamps have been drained. forests cut down, get lost if only drunk is possible.

            Come visit us in the Far East. I will show you the places where you get lost in half an hour, as you enter the forest. Together with all navigators.
            1. Free wind
              Free wind 10 September 2020 16: 43 New
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              The Poles are unlikely to reach the far. And in the west, even bison signs were installed so as not to get lost laughing about wandering in the woods, I'll get lost in the steppe. Navigators are a good thing, I made a mark where I left a bag of cones, and you are not looking for yesterday. I hid a familiar motorcycle by the road, found it a year later.
        2. pereselenec
          pereselenec 10 September 2020 11: 25 New
          +3
          Quote: tralflot1832
          a normal Russian should always have a desire to repeat the feat of Ivan Susanin.


          Lure the Poles into the castle and die with them there, taking them away from the bunker with Putin? You have strange notions of normality.
          1. tralflot1832
            tralflot1832 10 September 2020 11: 55 New
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            Putin will leave over time, but this will not change the West. They will not rest until we disappear or they. I’m not ready to live under occupation, and neither will my children. And I will raise my grandchildren. angry
            1. Doliva63
              Doliva63 10 September 2020 19: 01 New
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              Quote: tralflot1832
              Putin will leave over time, but this will not change the West. They will not rest until we disappear or they. I’m not ready to live under occupation, and neither will my children. And I will raise my grandchildren. angry

              Are we not living under occupation? I mean the IMF. "So shtaaa ..." (c)
              1. tralflot1832
                tralflot1832 10 September 2020 20: 39 New
                +1
                The IMF may take money out of your pocket, but not from mine.
  2. Doccor18
    Doccor18 10 September 2020 10: 38 New
    +1
    The Republic of Korea wants to negotiate with Poland on the production of the K2PL main battle tank ...

    Korea makes money and this is understandable.
    But what is this for Poland? They have had Leopards in service for more than 10 years. And then there will be a variety of different types, which will only lead to an increase in the cost of service. I read several "top-10" in various publications, where the Korean tank is confidently in the top three at a price per unit. It seems that even the Leopard with Abrams has surpassed in price.
    Or Poland suddenly became rich ...
    1. mvg
      mvg 10 September 2020 11: 10 New
      +1
      in price even Leopard with Abrams bypassed

      Abrams, which is not SEP V3, has a price tag comparable to the T-90MS at export prices of 4,5-5 million. Used options are cheaper. Egypt has a lot, and the United States has a large number "in storage", they put a new engine, cannon and MSA and go. And Leo2A6 is quite digestible. The EU is getting rid of tanks. Holland, Belgium, Austria.

      https://www.forbes.ru/biznes/349379-pyat-samyh-prodavaemyh-tankov-v-mire-est-li-konkurenty-u-rossiyskogo-bestsellera-t-90
    2. pytar
      pytar 10 September 2020 13: 37 New
      +4
      But what is this for Poland? They have had Leopards in service for more than 10 years. And then there will be a variety of different types, which will only lead to an increase in the cost of service. ... Or Poland suddenly became rich ...

      It is likely that a cheaper version of the South Korean tank will be adapted for Poland. He has an expensive pneumatic suspension, and the Poles don't really need it. And instead of a part of Korean electronics, the Poles may well put their own. Licensed production at Polish factories is likely to lead to an overall decrease in production costs. The export component is also not disabled, the Poles will be able to export it themselves. South Korea may well agree to dumping agreements with the Poles by entering the European market through them! So, I won't be surprised if Black Panther really starts producing in Poland!
      1. pytar
        pytar 10 September 2020 13: 58 New
        +2
        He has a pneumatic suspension dear

        I'll fix it! hydropodvestka! it's like the old Citroens! smile
  3. Forest
    Forest 10 September 2020 10: 44 New
    0
    But what about the famous Polish tank? )
  4. Prisoner
    Prisoner 10 September 2020 10: 52 New
    -3
    Will the owner or his supervisor in the EU allow it?
  5. Free wind
    Free wind 10 September 2020 10: 55 New
    +3
    The price of the Panther is about 6 million. Plus the hodovka and the engine are familiar, the German MTV is in any case better than the Finnish perversion of the French. Electronics can be crammed less. On the Panther, only active defense is around the lam.
    1. svp67
      svp67 10 September 2020 11: 17 New
      0
      Quote: Free Wind
      Electronics can be crammed less.

      Yes, it is easier to make the chassis, without the possibility of changing the clearance, the price for manufacturing and maintenance will already fall ...
      1. Doliva63
        Doliva63 10 September 2020 19: 05 New
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        Quote: svp67
        Quote: Free Wind
        Electronics can be crammed less.

        Yes, it is easier to make the chassis, without the possibility of changing the clearance, the price for manufacturing and maintenance will already fall ...

        And why in general there is a variable ground clearance on the tank, I do not understand.
        1. svp67
          svp67 11 September 2020 01: 49 New
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          Quote: Doliva63
          And why in general there is a variable ground clearance on the tank, I do not understand.

          In principle, there is a need to lower the silhouette and to act in the same mountainous area, but the pleasure is very expensive
          1. Doliva63
            Doliva63 11 September 2020 19: 06 New
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            Quote: svp67
            Quote: Doliva63
            And why in general there is a variable ground clearance on the tank, I do not understand.

            In principle, there is a need to lower the silhouette and to act in the same mountainous area, but the pleasure is very expensive

            Yeah, how much cm can the silhouette be reduced? At 20? At 30? With the growth of their tanks under 3 meters - what's the point? Crap, in short.
            1. svp67
              svp67 11 September 2020 19: 22 New
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              Quote: Doliva63
              Yeah, how much cm can the silhouette be reduced? At 20? At 30?

              Judging by the video more
              [media = https: //www.youtube.com/watch? v = yG3tlzWkdW4 & list = TLPQMTEwOTIwMjDlqWYmCzQvWg & index = 10]
              Quote: Doliva63
              Crap, in short

              I do not agree.
              1. Doliva63
                Doliva63 12 September 2020 19: 52 New
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                There is no point in arguing. As he fights, so we'll see drinks
  6. Graz
    Graz 10 September 2020 11: 24 New
    -5
    the Poles do not have enough competencies to produce a modern tank
  7. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 10 September 2020 11: 30 New
    0
    Germany will stop supplying MTO to Koreans. They climbed into Rheinmetall territory. Back in Turkey.
    1. Free wind
      Free wind 10 September 2020 16: 46 New
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      They themselves have been making engines for a long time by licensing, the Chinese, by the way, are also mastering MTV. under license.
      1. Zaurbek
        Zaurbek 10 September 2020 16: 56 New
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        But the Turks in Altai use MTU .... and cannot export howitzers and tanks. Germany does not give permission to re-export MTO.
        1. Free wind
          Free wind 10 September 2020 17: 04 New
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          Koreans make engines themselves, under license, the Chinese do not sell Type-99, and keep it secret for now. Altai Turks do it in small quantities. Yes, and in the engine, let’s replace the oil filter and figs prove that this is a license.
  8. zwlad
    zwlad 10 September 2020 11: 37 New
    0
    Let them buy used Abrams. They will give them striped money for the purchase. There is nothing to buy normal tanks.
  9. APASUS
    APASUS 10 September 2020 13: 22 New
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    The Poles do not praise and did not buy the M1 Abrams, well, what happened?
    But I think it won't work with the Koreans, where is the money Zin ....................
  10. iouris
    iouris 10 September 2020 14: 03 New
    0
    In addition, KIA, Samsung and LG will start producing (up to a heap): "Comrades! International situation ... Our answer to Chamberlain ... That's it. I finished."
  11. DEVIL LIFE`S
    DEVIL LIFE`S 10 September 2020 15: 40 New
    0
    Move over Reinmetall
    1. Doliva63
      Doliva63 10 September 2020 19: 12 New
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      Quote: DEVIL LIFE`S
      Move over Reinmetall

      Those who consistently take Leopards will not switch to Korean laughing
  12. basal
    basal 11 September 2020 22: 01 New
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    I doubt the reality of this project. Firstly, the Poles have no money for this. Borrow? Who will give them? Americans (Abrams should be attached)? Germans (Leopards), Angles (Challengers), Franks (Leclercs)? Only the Koreans themselves remain. But their Americans give it so that they will only play dances in their own sandbox. At worst, the NATO bureaucracy will intelligibly explain to the Poles that the Koreans have the wrong system of tanks.