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    Poland is splashing the cash, including the FA-50. Will a significant European/NATO presence influence the consideration of it for Ireland?

    Poland to buy hundreds of South Korean tanks, howitzers after sending arms to Ukraine

    . Seoul, South Korea (CNN)Poland is buying almost 1,000 tanks, more than 600 pieces of artillery and dozens of fighter jets from South Korea, in part to replace equipment donated to Ukraine to help Kyiv fight the Russian invasion, the Polish Ministry of Defense told CNN on Tuesday.

    The agreement, expected to be officially announced in Poland on Wednesday, will see Warsaw purchase 980 tanks based on the South Korean K2 model, 648 self-propelled K9 armored howitzers, and 48 FA-50 fighter jets, the ministry said. It would not confirm the value of the deal.
    The first 180 K2 tanks, made by Hyundai Rotem and equipped with auto-loading 120mm guns, are expected to arrive this year, with the production of 800 upgraded tanks starting in 2026 in Poland, according to the ministry.
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    Poland is buying almost 1,000 tanks, more than 600 pieces of artillery and dozens of fighter jets from South Korea, in part to replace equipment donated to Ukraine to help Kyiv fight the Russian invasion, the Polish Ministry of Defense told CNN on Tuesday.
    'He died who loved to live,' they'll say,
    'Unselfishly so we might have today!'
    Like hell! He fought because he had to fight;
    He died that's all. It was his unlucky night.
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    Poland Signs Contracts for FA-50 Aircraft. Korean Light Fighters for USD 3 billion


    DEFENCE2416.09.2022 18:17
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    Minister Błaszczak signs a contract for FA-50
    Photo. M. Mitkow, M. Szopa/Defence24.pl
    Mariusz Błaszczak, head of the Polish MoD, has today approved two execution agreements with Korean Aerospace Industries regarding the purchase of FA-50 fighter aircraft for the Polish Air Force, on the basis of framework agreement signed in late July.

    The first of the agreements is concerning 12 FA-50 Block 10 aircraft in current configuration used by the Republic of Korea Air Force, and the second one - 36 FA-50PL aircraft in new configuration, close to the future FA-50 Block 20, featuring an AESA radar, aerial refueling capability as well as broadened weapon set. The first FA-50s will be armed with guns as well as AIM-9 Sidewinder and AGM-65 Maverick missiles and several types of bombs, while the FA-50PLs will also carry more capable guided weapon systems.
    The first FA-50s are to be delivered in 2nd half of 2023, while the 36 FA-50PLs - between 2025 and 2028. The contract net values are USD 700 million and USD 2.3 billion, respectively, so the total value is USD 3 billion. Both contracts include training, spares and logistics support, though the weapons will have to be procured separately. A separate agreement shall also cover technology transfer to the Polish Armament Group (PGZ), which should in turn receive maintenance capabilities for FA-50/FA-50PL aircraft. Various options for long term cooperation in the aerospace industry between Poland and ROK are also being considered, particularly as Poland will be the first user of FA-50 in NATO and EU.

    It is foreseen that the first FA-50s will eventually be upgraded to FA-50PL version, though that will have to be covered by a separate arrangement. Delivery of the first aircraft in 2023 will enable Poland to withdraw one of its two squadrons of post-Soviet MiG-29 aircraft in 2023. Poland has decided to purchase FA-50 due to its high level of compatibility with F-16s (FA-50 was designed in cooperation with Lockheed Martin), quick delivery time as well as the fact that the aircraft can serve for conversion training for pilots that are to join F-16- and F-35-equipped units.
    Adding to that, speaking during the signing ceremony, Andrzej Duda, president of Poland, has said that the purchase of FA-50 is not the last step of Poland in the area of fighter aircraft procurement. President said that further procurements of F-16 or F-35 are possible.
    Poland Signs Contracts for FA-50 Aircraft. Korean Light Fighters for USD 3 billion | Defence24.com

    3 Bn for 48 FA50, which will be comparable to an F16 with AESA, compared to 1bn for a dozen or more 2nd hand Rafales, as some european states have done.
    That's what we would be talking about, if we ever do eventually go down that road.
    Either way $62.5M each for FA50, $70m or so for the Rafale.
    The delivery time for the first 12 is impressive though. It remains to be seen if they pull it off. If they do expect more export sales of the type.
    For now, everything hangs on implementation of the CoDF report.

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