Between 2019 and 2021, Hanwha Land Systems should supply the Norwegian Armed Forces 24 SAU K9 Thunder. In addition, the contract includes an option (the right of immediate redemption) for another 24 of such machines. The transaction value is estimated at 1,8 billion kroons ($ 215 million) and includes the supply of K10 supply vehicles, ammunition, simulators, related equipment, as well as training and full technical support for self-propelled guns for their entire service life.
In service with the Norwegian army K9 Thunder will replace the obsolete SAU M109A3GNM. The South Korean howitzer won the tender, in which the German Panzerhaubitze 2000 from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, the French Caesar from Nexter and the modern-day M109 Krait from the Swiss company RUAG also participated.
K9 Thunder - 155-mm self-propelled artillery. The installation can hit targets with high accuracy from a distance over 40 km, and using Excalibur smart projectiles from a distance over 50 km. In June last year, the South Korean military department announced plans to substantially upgrade K9 Thunder - to fully robotize its tower, reducing the crew size from five to two people, reports "Warspot"