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This is a picture of the K-9 self-propelled howitzer, a domestic luxury weapon, and the Polish ‘Crab’ self-propelled howitzer.
At first glance, they are similar, because the hull of the Crab is the hull of the K-9 self-propelled howitzer.
However, it is known that Poland recently provided 18 Krab self-propelled artillery units to Ukraine.
It is an indirect form because it is an exported equipment, but it can be interpreted that the domestic weapon system was put into the battlefield of Ukraine for the first time.
Reporter Hong Eui-pyo was the sole reporter.
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The AHS Crab self-propelled howitzer operated by the Polish Army.
It was made by combining a 155mm turret designed in England to the hull of our K-9 self-propelled howitzer.
The body is identical to the K-9, from the internal engine to the exterior, which is very similar.
Poland imported about 100 K-9 self-propelled howitzers directly or locally made them with Korean technology and used them for ‘Crab’, and it is known that these Crab self-propelled guns were deployed in Ukraine.
Polish state media reported that “the Ukrainian army has taken over 18 Krab self-propelled artillery from Poland,” and said that “the Polish army has trained 100 Ukrainian artillerymen to operate the Krab self-propelled artillery.”
The weapon system produced with our technology was delivered to Ukraine via Poland.
It is known that the K-9 makers are not involved in the support of Polish-owned crabs.
Poland is expected to further increase the support of crabs, and Polish Defense Minister Marius Włashtsak, who is visiting Korea, also said, “We need more crabs and we need to strengthen cooperation with South Korea.”
Poland has also hoped to import K-2 tanks and armored vehicles, and Minister Włashtsak also visited the defense companies that manufacture them.
“We have been continuously discussing defense cooperation with Poland in the past, and we have been discussing defense cooperation mainly on ground weapon systems…”
It will take a long time for actual export, but it is difficult to completely rule out the possibility that other domestic weapons will also be delivered to Ukraine via Poland.
While the United States, Germany and France have recently agreed to provide self-propelled artillery to Ukraine, Russia has protested by sending a letter calling for a halt to arms supplies.
This is Hong Eui-pyo from MBC News.
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