Poland buys more K9 howitzers from South Korea in $2.6 billion deal

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland signed a $2.6 billion deal to buy more than 150 more South Korean K9 howitzers, Poland’s State Armament Agency said on Friday.

Under the agreement with Hanwha Defence, Poland will acquire another six self-propelled K9 howitzers in 2025, and 146 self-propelled howitzers of the K9PL version in 2026-2027, the agency said.

A howitzer is a type of artillery that fires a shell in a high arc.

The contract also includes a training and logistics package and delivery of a significant stock of 155mm ammunition, numbering tens of thousands of rounds, it said.

Poland will also receive technical documentation on the guns. In addition, a maintenance, renovation and modernization works will be set up, and selected howitzer parts will be produced by the Polish defence industry.

In July 2022, Poland signed a framework agreement to buy 672 K9 howitzers in two different versions, the agency said.

(Reporting by Marek Strzelecki; editing by Jonathan Oatis)