South Korean MBT enters the picture for Wilk
Hyundai Rotem is proposing a modified MBT to meet the Wilk future tank procurement requirement in Poland.
The South Korean manufacturer showcased a model of a polonised K2PL variant of its K2 Black Panther MBT on 8-10 September during the MSPO exhibition in Kielce.
According to Hyundai Rotem, the modified MBT could feature multiple enhancements in comparison to the original K2, so that the tank meets the requirements of the Polish MoD.
These changes would include additional armour plates in the front and on the sides, as well as slat armour at the rear of the vehicle, to improve its survivability against a wide range of threats such as ATGMs.
Hyundai Rotem is ready to implement locally designed onboard systems into the K2PL platform, such as advanced sensors. Companies such as PGZ subsidiary PCO, or the privately owned WB Group, could play a major role in production, delivery and maintenance of future Polish MBTs with a South Korean origin.
According to Hyundai Rotem, the K2PL MBT will be fitted with automatic threat detection and tracking systems as well as anti-helicopter weapons. It will also be equipped with soft- and hard-kill active vehicle protection systems.
The Wilk programme calls for a gradual replacement of obsolete, Soviet-era T-72 and PT-91 MBTs with a more modern platform. The total requirement of the Polish Army for a new MBT is expected to be at least 500 vehicles at an estimated cost of $7.5 billion, according to Shephard Defence Insight.
Wilk is included in the Technical Modernization Plan of the Polish Armed Forces for 2021-2035. However, at this moment it is in the analytical phase, far away from finalisation.
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