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Norwegian army armed with South Korean howitzers

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Following the Finnish army, the South Korean self-propelled howitzers are also arming themselves with the Norwegian. The rollout of the first 155-mm self-propelled gun K9 for the Norwegian military took place on September 19 this year at Hanwha Techwin in South Korean Changwon.


Norwegian army armed with South Korean howitzers


Hanwha Techwin, a South Korean company, held a ceremony to roll out the first K9 self-propelled howitzer and the first armored vehicle for transporting K10 ammunition manufactured under a contract with Norway, signed in December 2017. 155-mm howitzer assigned the Norwegian name VIDAR. According to the agreement signed by the Norwegian Ministry of Defense and the South Korean company Hanwha Land Systems, the latter will supply the Norwegian army 24 self-propelled howitzers K9 Thunder caliber 155 / 52 mm new production. At the same time, an option is provided for another 24 self-propelled guns. In addition to the howitzers themselves, the contract provides for the supply of six armored vehicles for transporting K10 ammunition on the same chassis, ammunition, simulators, related equipment, as well as training and full technical support for self-propelled guns for their entire service life. The total value of the contract, taking into account the option, may amount to 384 million dollars.



The delivery of howitzers to Norway will begin this year, the bulk of the equipment will be delivered to 2020, and will end in 2021.

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.

The 155-mm / 52 self-propelled howitzer K9 Thunder (Thunder) was developed and manufactured by the South Korean association Samsung Techwin (now Hanwha Land Systems). In total, from 1999 to 2014, the South Korean army received 1136 self-propelled guns K9. Since 2004, the system has also been produced under license in Turkey (as T-155 Firtina).

K9 Thunder weighs 47 tons, powerful diesel in 1000 hp provides speeds of up to 67 km / h. Cruising range 480 km. Armed with the KNUMX 9-mm gun with a barrel length of 155 caliber, the rate of fire reaches 52 rounds per minute. Crew 15 people. The installation can hit targets with high accuracy from a distance of more than 5 km, and when using Excalibur smart shells, from a distance of more than 40 km.
Photos used:
Royal Norwegian Embassy in South Korea
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  1. Pereira
    Pereira 20 September 2019 17: 41
    +1
    Will the Norwegians fit in it? It was read that the Korean equipment was made for local shorties, who give two for one Viking.
    However, the Norwegians will put female crews there.
    1. SERGEY SERGEEVICS
      SERGEY SERGEEVICS 20 September 2019 18: 11
      +2
      Quote: Pereira
      Will the Norwegians fit in it? It was read that the Korean equipment was made for local shorties, who give two for one Viking.
      However, the Norwegians will put female crews there.

      If you have already purchased a batch, then it’s suitable in terms of size, it means that you have already tested it, they buy it by chance.
    2. Hermann
      Hermann 20 September 2019 18: 18
      +2
      The Turks are sure to interfere, it is produced under their license.
    3. Kenxnumx
      Kenxnumx 20 September 2019 19: 02
      +2
      Have you seen the T-72?
      1. Hermann
        Hermann 20 September 2019 19: 11
        0
        Yeah, inside, too, all the tankers are no more than 170cm.
      2. Doliva63
        Doliva63 20 September 2019 19: 50
        0
        Quote: Ken71
        Have you seen the T-72?

        It is quite comfortable there (not a sofa, but still), but what's the question?
    4. svp67
      svp67 20 September 2019 20: 38
      0
      Quote: Pereira
      It was read that Korean technology was made for local shorties, who give two for one Viking.

      Are the Koreans' standard 155-mm shells also "two for one NATO"?
    5. Monster_Fat
      Monster_Fat 20 September 2019 21: 36
      -2
      Will the Norwegians fit in it? It was read that the Korean equipment was made for local shorties, who give two for one Viking.

      Ha-Norwegians are no longer "reddish-blond beasts" from historical chronicles. The policy of tolerance and the interest of Norwegian men in Filipino wives have already done their job - I was recently in Ollen, Bode, Kristiansund, and Troms (business trip), so there are a lot of narrow-eyed aunts on the streets and youngsters running around with slanting eyes. I saw the kindergarten for a walk, all on "harnesses", as we walk dogs, and so, out of 15 children, only 4 were of European appearance, the rest: 2 negro, 3 Arabian appearance and the rest, all narrow-eyed. yes
  2. Nycomed
    Nycomed 20 September 2019 17: 44
    +1
    A good howitzer, obviously. Not the first year in service. The competition in this area may not be very big, but there is. Koreans won.
    1. Lord of the Sith
      Lord of the Sith 20 September 2019 19: 40
      -4
      Who won the Koreans? Do the Nazis with aliens? laughing

      I will answer myself, the arms lobby with kickbacks won, not the equipment.
      1. Nycomed
        Nycomed 20 September 2019 20: 01
        0
        "The Nazis with aliens"? Yes, that's exactly how it happened, that's how it happened. You looked into the water. In the "fascists with aliens", they won. The only thing I can be wrong about is: I don't know for sure, which galaxy were the aliens from? I confess I am a sinner. But, the fact that they participated in the tender is beyond doubt! Definitely! sad
  3. Lipchanin
    Lipchanin 20 September 2019 17: 48
    +1
    The South Korean howitzer won the tender, which also included the German Panzerhaubitze 2000 from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, the French Caesar from Nexter and the modern modification M109 Krait from the Swiss company RUAG

    To win against such gunsmiths says a lot
    1. Pereira
      Pereira 20 September 2019 19: 37
      -1
      On the one hand, I congratulate the Koreans, and on the other, the number is not enough. Who are you going to fight with? With Russia? Laughing out loud. In fact, why spend the extra money: Buy, which is cheaper.
      1. Lipchanin
        Lipchanin 20 September 2019 19: 39
        -2
        Quote: Pereira
        Who are you going to fight with? With Russia?

        The owner said 2% for armament, take it out and put it down
  4. Doliva63
    Doliva63 20 September 2019 19: 49
    0
    "... when using" smart "Excalibur shells - from a distance of over 50 km." How much is that? Is it really all 100 km? what
  5. Doctor
    Doctor 20 September 2019 19: 51
    0
    I wonder what the Koreans have in terms of production capacity. Thousands of 2 per year will do?
  6. APASUS
    APASUS 20 September 2019 21: 55
    0
    Not a lot of a strange choice, like there was infa about buying with taxes FH77 BW L52 "Archer"? Something went wrong
  7. Evil 55
    Evil 55 21 September 2019 13: 38
    -1
    And what will the American friends say? Change the American to Korean, a clear disrespect from the side of the Varangians ..