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Seoul approves Poland's export to Ukraine of howitzers with South Korean components – media

KYIV. March 8 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The South Korean government has confirmed for the first time that last year export licenses were approved for Poland to supply Ukraine with Krab howitzers made using South Korean components, Reuters reports.

“The comments are the first confirmation that South Korea officially acquiesced to at least indirectly providing weapons components to Ukraine for its war against Russia. Seoul officials have previously declined to comment on the Krabs,” the publication writes on Wednesday, citing a representative of defense procurement in Seoul.

“The Defense Acquisition Program Administration’s (DAPA) technology control bureau reviewed and approved the transfer of the howitzer’s South Korean-made chassis. We reviewed all the documentation and possible issues inside DAPA… then we made decision to give out export license to Poland,” said Kim Hyoung-cheol, director of the Europe-Asia division of the International Cooperation Bureau.

Manufactured by the Polish company Huta Stalowa Wola, the Krab is a self-propelled howitzer created by combining the South Korean K9 Thunder chassis, a British BAE Systems turret, a French Nexter Systems 155mm gun, and a Polish fire control system.