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Estonia intends to acquire an additional batch of self-propelled guns K9 "Thunder"

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The Estonian Ministry of Defense has decided to purchase an additional batch of K9 "Thunder" South Korean self-propelled howitzers with funds saved through US military assistance in the purchase of ammunition.


Estonia intends to acquire an additional batch of self-propelled guns K9 "Thunder"


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.
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Hanwha Land Systems)
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  1. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 10 October 2019 14: 26
    +2
    This will definitely help Estonia defeat Russia. And the striped-eared will not like it! Money will receive the UK, but what about the US military-industrial complex? wassat
    1. neri73-r
      neri73-r 10 October 2019 14: 30
      0
      Quote: Mountain Shooter
      This will definitely help Estonia defeat Russia. And the striped-eared will not like it! Money will receive the UK, but what about the US military-industrial complex? wassat

      Let them take it, put it in storage, then we will come in handy!
      1. Thunderbolt
        Thunderbolt 10 October 2019 14: 56
        +1
        Quote: Mountain Shooter
        What about the US military industry?

        Their military-industrial complex sometimes loses a contest to foreigners. Americans have nothing to offer in this niche. In addition, NATO countries are free to choose weapons themselves. Yes, the United States pursues an aggressive policy, but everyone does so / as far as possible. Take a look at the fresh armament of the Baltic states --- there is little American.
    2. Journalist
      Journalist 10 October 2019 15: 12
      +2
      Really. And why only gave money? It was cheaper to fill up the "canned" "Paladins".
      1. sir.jonn
        sir.jonn 10 October 2019 15: 31
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        Quote: Journalist
        Really. And why only gave money? It was cheaper to fill up the "canned" "Paladins".

        The entire budget deficit of the Baltic states, in the "EU", is parasitized by subsidies from Germany and Great Britain, so this is a slap in the face from Estonia, primarily for Frau Merkel.
    3. Leeds
      Leeds 10 October 2019 20: 16
      -1
      Quote: Mountain Shooter
      This will definitely help Estonia defeat Russia. And the striped-eared will not like it! Money will receive the UK, but what about the US military-industrial complex? wassat


      Her "big brother" will not be slow to catch up, with your bast shoes throw a cat.
  2. gabonskijfront
    gabonskijfront 10 October 2019 14: 29
    +2
    The Baltic states, from the point of view of NATO, can only be regarded as a springboard for an offensive, but in the current conditions, any attempts to create a strike force there are impossible, and to send troops for defense into this appendicism is contrary to all the canons of military art, so the adversary has no military plans for No Baltic countries. All of these Latvians will be abandoned at the very first time.
    1. arkadiyssk
      arkadiyssk 10 October 2019 19: 05
      +1
      Those. in the Baltic states it’s stupid to create an army group, which means that in Kaliningrad it’s normal to create a group and even base a fleet? Or do the Balts, like the Kaliningraders, do the same thing correctly, or do you have a double prism?
  3. svp67
    svp67 10 October 2019 14: 35
    +1
    The howitzer is good and in spite of their small number, it’s no longer worth discounting their appearance at our border ... I think that our headquarters will think over plans to neutralize them, if necessary.
    And "UralTransMash" will be able to quickly and efficiently supply the troops with both the modernized 2S19 "MSTA" and the "Coalition"
    The Estonian Ministry of Defense has decided to purchase an additional batch of K9 "Thunder" South Korean self-propelled howitzers with funds saved through US military assistance in the purchase of ammunition.
    Did they ask Trump for permission? Otherwise the master will be offended and demand "all arrears for thirty years."
  4. rocket757
    rocket757 10 October 2019 14: 43
    -1
    They want to increase their significance / value for minke whales, NATO ???
    A naive of some kind, not so small a small one, the Allied was thrown to tear to pieces ...
  5. bars1
    bars1 10 October 2019 14: 47
    0
    Well, and how will this help Estonia if something happens? It would be better to save money on social services. need directed (I'm not ironic).
    1. Andy
      Andy 10 October 2019 18: 04
      +4
      you will not believe it, but you can only envy this standard of living. for example, even in the villages there are pedestrian-bicycle paths (for walking), and in Russia not every village has asphalt at all ...
      1. bars1
        bars1 10 October 2019 18: 06
        0
        Well, they will live even better! There is not much money for social programs.
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  6. Lord of the Sith
    Lord of the Sith 10 October 2019 15: 20
    +1
    Division ... Already a lot for Estonia. For self-propelled guns in a likely enemy, the eye needs an eye soldier
  7. maidan.izrailovich
    maidan.izrailovich 10 October 2019 15: 24
    +2
    Trophies are harvested ..... crying
    .... what would Russia like. : lol
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    1. Andy
      Andy 10 October 2019 17: 59
      0
      sincerely glad for you that
      1- you have no beggars and hungry ..ups- http://www.statistika.ru/uroven/uroven-bednosti-v-rossii-podskochil-do-maksimuma-za-6-let.html
      2- you have excellent upbringing.
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