A miniature model of the K9 SPH is on display at the booth of Hanwha Defense during the MSPO International Defense and Security Technology fair in Kielce, Poland, on Sept. 6. Photo courtesy of Hanwha Defense

Korean company will take part in defense & security tech fair

Hanwha Defense announced on Sept. 6 that the company would showcase its weapon systems and technologies at the MSPO International Defense and Security Technology fair this week in Poland.

The Seoul-based company plans to present the K9 SPH and K9 ammunition resupply vehicle; the Redback infantry fighting vehicle; and the BIHO II modular short-range air defense system.

In addition, its sister company Hanwha Corporation is scheduled to demonstrate its precision guided missiles and ammunition packages.

The 30th edition of the annual event will continue from Sept. 6 through Sept. 9 in the Polish city of Kielce.

Of note is that the arms trade show comes on the heels of the large-sized arms acquisition deals between Poland and South Korea signed in late July.

Hanwha Defense signed the first phase of the executive contract with Poland on Aug. 26 to deliver a package of K9 artillery systems and ammunition between 2022 and 2026.

“Following the back-to-back framework and executive contracts with Poland, the MSPO 2022 will be the venue for us to show and prove our determination and capability to cooperate with the Polish government and local industry by presenting a wide range of advanced defense solutions meeting the requirements of the Polish armed forces,” Hanwha Defense Executive Vice President Billy Lee Boo-hwan said.

“We’re fully committed to establishing stronger partnerships with the government of Poland and industry stakeholders in the spirit of cooperation and trust.”

The Hanwha-Warsaw partnership has grown with the successful implementation of the AHS Krab project under a 2014 contract, according to the Korean company.

Under the Krab program, Hanwha supplied the K9 chassis to Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) to build 120 Krab SPHs for the Polish Army.

In a move to expand its footprint in Poland and other European nations, Hanwha Defense plans to open a Polish business office by the end of 2022.

“I’m very proud that the partnership between Hanwha Defense and Poland has grown to enter a new phase of expanded cooperation based on the latest framework agreement and Executive Contract,” Hanwha Defense CEO Son Jae-il said.

“Poland will be a hub base for Hanwha’s global expansion, especially in Europe. To that end, we are dedicated to working together with the government of Poland with full partnership and trust.”

Over 1,700 K9 units are currently in service with seven countries, including four NATO members of Turkey, Poland, Norway and Estonia, while Australia and Egypt have ordered hundreds of K9s to enter service in the coming years.