Hanwha Aerospace, the largest aerospace and defence group in South Korea, signed a contract on February 22 to purchase command and control (C2) systems from WB Group, a leading Polish electronics and aeronautics manufacturer, for the delivery of K239 MRLS to the Polish Land Forces.
The contract is a major step forward in Hanwha’s effort to strengthen partnership with the Polish defence industry in bids to contribute to the growth of the Polish economy as well as the deterrent capability of the Polish Armed Forces.
Under the contract, Hanwha Aerospace will purchase WB-built C2 systems including TOPAZ Integrated Combat Management System, FONET Digital Communication Platform, and radio communication sets for integration into 218 K239 multiple rocket launchers ordered by the Polish military through a contract inked in November 2022.
The signing ceremony was held at the headquarters of WB Group in Warsaw, with the attendance of representatives from both companies including Mr. Son Jaeil, President and CEO of Hanwha Aerospace, and Mr. Piotr Wojciechowski, President and the main shareholder of WB Group.
Mr. Son Jaeil said: “Today’s contract with WB Group is a key milestone in Hanwha’s unwavering commitment to bringing the maximum benefit to the Polish industry through a robust partnership with local suppliers. We believe the combination of Polish industrial expertise and Hanwha’s technology will generate an incredible level of synergy.”
“Based on this contract, we will expand our strategic partnership with WB further through joint marketing campaigns in Eastern Europe.”
The Chunmoo MRLS is a multi-caliber rocket launch system that entered service with the South Korean military in 2015. The precision-guided rocket launcher system is a new generation artillery that can fire 600mm tactical missiles as well as 239mm guided missiles, providing the army with an all-weather, indirect fire capability to hit potential enemy targets and areas.
In order for the delivery to the Polish Armed Forces, the state-of-the-art rocket launchers are set to be polonized, utilizing WB Group’s C2 systems as well as the Jelcz 8×8 truck.