Polish defense minister Mariusz Błaszczak has confirmed that the country will acquire hundreds of K239 Chunmoo multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) from South Korea’s Hanwha Defense.
Poland will reportedly use the new rocket systems alongside US-built HIMARS launchers to improve the country’s protection against evolving threats.
“We have completed contract negotiations,” Błaszczak said. “I intend to sign a framework contract for the supply of almost 300 K239 Chunmoo multiple rocket launchers.”
Apart from the weapons, Warsaw seeks a transfer of technology deal to allow the South Korean MLRS to be integrated with Polish-built Jelcz vehicles and Topaz combat management systems.
The agreement would allow Poland’s defense industry to gain know-how in producing rockets for the Chunmoo.
Deliveries of the K239 MLRS are expected to begin in 2023.
K239 Chunmoo MLRS
Hanwha Defense’s K239 Chunmoo MLRS is a multi-caliber launch rocket system that entered service with the South Korean military in 2015.
It is part of the new generation artillery that fires 130-millimeter and 230-millimeter munitions.
The Chunmoo provides the army with an all-weather, indirect fire capability to strike enemy air defenses and armored formations at up to 300 kilometers (186 miles).
Apart from South Korea, the K239 MLRS is in service with the United Arab Emirates.