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Hanwha Signs Additional Polish MLRS Contract

Chunmoo MLRS test firing for Poland [© Hanwha]

Hanwha Aerospace has signed an additional contract with the Polish Armaments Agency to supply 72 more Chunmoo MRLS.

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Press Release, Seoul, 25 April 2024: Hanwha Aerospace has signed an additional executive contract with Polish Armaments Agency for supplying 72 more Chunmoo Multiple Rocket Launcher Systems (MRLS), preceded by the framework contract and first executive contract, both signed in 2022.

Worth around 2.27 trillion KRW (1.6 B USD), the contract outlines the supply of 72 Polish Chunmoo Multi-Rocket launchers; CTM-290, a long-range guided missile of Chunmoo; and the transfer of technology on the launch modules of the MRLS.

Polish Chunmoo MLRS second contract ceremony [© Hanwha]

The contract was signed on the 25th April at Hanwha Aerospace’s production plant in Changwon, with the attendance of representatives from both Governments. Polish delegates included Pawel Bejda, Deputy Minister of Defence of Poland; Artur Kuptel, Chief of the Polish Armament Agency; and Marcin Kulasek, Deputy Minister of State Property of Poland. Among the Korean attendees were Minister Seok Jong-gun of the Defence Acquisition Programme Administration; Deputy Minister Sung Il of the Office of Military Resources Management; and Park Jong-seung, Head of the Agency for Defence Development (ADD).

“This contract signifies our dedication to supporting the enhancement of security in Poland and the region, irrespective of political and societal changes. Hanwha Aerospace is proud of our ongoing dedication to delivering deterrence solutions to regions with urgent demands.” said Jaeil Son, President and CEO of Hanwha Aerospace.

A day earlier, the Polish delegation visited ADD’s test site in Anheung, about 100 kilometres southwest of Seoul, to watch the test-firing of the CTM-290 ballistic missile to be launched from the Polish Chunmoo MRLS, nicknamed HOMAR-K. The CTM-290 was successfully launched from launcher system, demonstrating its precision- guided striking capability. The missile has a maximum range of 290km with a diameter of 600mm.

Under the HOMAR-K programme, Polish defence companies are to oversee the integration and assembly of the long-range rocket launcher system mounted on Polish Jelcz 8×8 chassis. The MRLS is equipped with a number of Polish components and subsystems, with extensive involvement from the Polish defence industry. The latest defence contract underlines the continuation of strong cooperation between the two parties in the defence sector.

Hanwha Aerospace is operating Polish exclusive assembly line for K9 Self Propelled Howitzer in the Changwon facility with a production capacity of nearly 200 vehicles per year. Hanwha Aerospace is also committed to integrating Polish sub-systems into the K9 to develop a K9PL version under executive contracts signed for the past years. In the future, a large portion of the K9PL will be manufactured in Poland, along with a joint development of a newer K9 variant for the Polish Armed Forces.

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