Hanwha Aerospace Signs 2nd Executive Contract for Polish Multiple Rocket Launcher System

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Hanwha Aerospace has signed an additional executive contract with the 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.

The contract was signed on the 25th of 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 Defense 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 Defense Acquisition Program Administration; Deputy Minister Sung Il of the Office of Military Resources Management; and Park Jong-seung, Head of the Agency for Defense 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 kilometers 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 the 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 program, Polish defense companies is to oversee the integration and assembly of the long-range rocket launcher system mounted on the Polish Jelcz 8×8 chassis. The MRLS is equipped with a number of Polish components and subsystems, with extensive involvement from the Polish defense industry.

The latest defense contract underlines the continuation of strong cooperation between the two parties in the defense sector.

Hanwha Aerospace is operating a Polish exclusive assembly line for the 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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