The Estonian Defense Ministry decided to channel the saved 20 million Euros on the purchase of 6 additional 155-mm self-propelled howitzers K9 "Thunder" in addition to the 12 self-propelled guns previously ordered in South Korea. It is still unknown when the agreement will be signed on additional machines and the timing of their delivery to Estonia.
Estonia and South Korea signed an agreement to buy a batch of 12 units of 155-mm self-propelled howitzers K-9 "Thunder" in the 2018 year. The agreement, worth 46 million euros, also included training for personnel, maintenance of howitzers and spare parts. The purchased K9 howitzers will be delivered to Estonia in two batches at the end of the 2020 of the year and during the 2021. They are supposed to equip the artillery division of the 1 infantry brigade of the Estonian army, which is currently armed with the German 155-mm / 39 towed howitzers FН-70 and Soviet towed 122-mm howitzers D-30.
It is noted that Estonia’s acquisition of South Korean K9 self-propelled guns will allow it to build a common logistics system with Finland, as the Finns also previously acquired 48 self-propelled guns K9.
155-mm / 52 self-propelled howitzer K9 Thunder weighs 47 tons, a powerful diesel engine 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.