한화디펜스, 폴란드와 대규모 방산 장비 공급 계약
추가적인 협상을 통해 구체적인 계약 이행사항이 담긴 실행계약(Executive contract)을 체결할 예정
Hanwha Defense signs a large-scale defense equipment supply contract with Poland
Through additional negotiation, we plan to conclude an executive contract with specific contract execution details.
[Introduction to the case/ Reporter Park Yeon-pa] = Hanwha Defense (CEO Son Jae-il) announced on the 28th that it has further expanded its position as a leading company in the global defense market by signing a large-scale supply contract for defense equipment with Poland.
On the 27th, Hanwha Defense signed a framework contract with the Polish government to export the K9 self-propelled howitzer, the K10 ammunition transport vehicle, and the K11 fire command vehicle. The signing ceremony was held in Warsaw, the capital of Poland, and Hanwha Defense CEO Son Jae-il, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak, and Polish state-owned defense company PGZ Chairman Sebastian Chwalek attended.
This Framework contract is in the nature of a comprehensive agreement to agree on the equipment and size to be exported. According to the Ministry of National Defense of Poland, Hanwha Defense and the Polish government will agree on the overall supply quantity and period, including 672 K9 self-propelled howitzers, and conclude an executive contract with specific contract implementation details through additional negotiations in the future.
The K9 self-propelled gun is the world's most proven firepower system with proven performance and reliability. It occupies more than 50% of the market share, and it is expected that the share of the K9 self-propelled howitzer will increase significantly with this additional supply contract in Poland.
In relation to this contract, Hanwha Defense plans to establish a Polish branch within this year, and using this as a forward base for expanding exports of defense to Europe, it provides an integrated solution for various weapon systems such as the K9 self-propelled howitzer, redback armored vehicle, and guided missiles, and maximizes export synergies. plan to do it. In particular, global defense sales based in the European market are expected to be further strengthened.
Hanwha Defense has already signed self-propelled artillery supply contracts with four NATO member countries, Turkey, Turkey, Poland, Norway and Estonia, and has also challenged the UK and US self-propelled artillery projects, the core of the NATO alliance.
In the UK's Mobile Fires Platform (MFP) project, which will start next year, the latest K9A2 self-propelled howitzer, equipped with an automated turret that automatically loads ammunition, will compete. In addition, it is planning to accelerate its entry into the world's largest defense market by reviewing the K9A2's core technology proposal for the US Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) project.
Bu-hwan Lee, head of Hanwha Defense's overseas business division, said, "The K9 is recognized as the most technologically proven self-propelled artillery solution in the world, and it is gaining wide trust, especially in European countries, to the extent that K9 user clubs have been created." Based on this, we will more aggressively market the European market, and in particular, we will strengthen our position and capabilities as a key defense partner of NATO.”
Meanwhile, according to a spokesperson for the Polish Ministry of Defense, Poland is also interested in introducing a future-type infantry fighting vehicle Redback, so additional export negotiations are expected in the future. In particular, it was revealed that it is planning to develop a new medium-sized infantry fighting vehicle based on the Redback, which is the final candidate for Australia's next-generation tracked armored vehicle project (LAND 400 Phase 3).
The Redback proved its overwhelming performance in protection, mobility, and firepower in the final test evaluation organized by the Australian Army last year, and also showed excellent operability in the ROK Army pilot operation in April and May.
Redback is also attracting attention in the United States, the world's largest defense market. As a member of the Oshkosh Defense Consortium, Hanwha Defense USA is participating in the U.S. Army's next-generation Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) project, and OMFV design is being made based on the Redback.
Hanwha Defense plans to further accelerate networking to expand its global defense market share by securing forward bases for sales and production in major bases around the world, including Poland, following the establishment of its US and Australian subsidiaries.
Son Jae-il, CEO of Hanwha Defense, said, “I am very happy and proud that this framework contract has once again recognized the excellence of the K9 self-propelled artillery and the reliability of Hanwha Defense. Meanwhile, with the global No. 1 weapon system at the fore, we will further focus on advanced technology R&D and overseas export activities to leap forward as the global No. 1 defense company covering the world.”
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