Hanwha Aerospace CEO Son Jae-il, right, poses with WB Group head Piotr Wojciechowski after signing a partnership at the latter company’s office in Poland on Feb. 22. Photo courtesy of Hanwha Aerospace

Two partners will equip Chunmoo MRLS with Polish command-control systems

South Korea’s leading defense company Hanwha Aerospace said on Feb. 23 that it had signed a contract to purchase command and control (C2) systems from WB Group, a top Polish electronics and aeronautics manufacturer, for the delivery of K239 MRLS to the Polish Land Forces.

Hanwha noted that the contract marked a major step forward in Hanwha’s effort to strengthen its partnership with the Polish defense industry in a bid 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 Hanwha Aerospace CEO Son Jae-il and WB Group chief Piotr Wojciechowski.

“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,” Son said.

“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, according to Hanwha Aerospace.

In order for the delivery to the Polish Armed Forces, the state-of-the-art rocket launchers are set to be localized, utilizing WB Group’s C2 systems as well as the Jelcz 8×8 truck.

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