SEOUL, ($1=1,203.40 South Korean Gained) — Egypt pays South Korea $ 1.7 billion to amass about 200 K9 Thunder howitzers after the 2 sides agreed yesterday, January 1st. BulgariaMilitary.com reported final week that negotiations between Cairo and Seoul are at a complicated stage and are being carried out on the government-to-government stage. BulgariaMilitary.com recollects that Egypt’s want to amass the South Korean K9 self-propelled howitzer was demonstrated at a gathering final month in Cairo between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

Egypt seeks howitzers, Korea's armored K9s 155mm are an option
Photograph credit score: Hanwha Protection

The deal is great for each nations. South Korea describes the settlement as “K9’s largest overseas buy.” Egypt is anticipated to inject the native economic system with recent funds, as a lot of the artillery and autos will probably be produced within the nation. Based on DefenseNews sources, Manufacturing unit 200, positioned on the outskirts of Cairo, will start manufacturing of the K9 Thunder underneath license.

“The newest deal is the primary export of the K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer to Africa following the artillery’s profitable exports to European and Asia-Pacific nations,” the Protection Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) stated. “That is the most important K9 deal in scale, making Egypt the eighth nation to function the K9.”

Egyptian sources at BulgarianMilitary.com say that the leaders of the Egyptian artillery and floor forces have assessed the capabilities of K9 almost 10 years in the past. K9 Thunder represents almost 50% of the worldwide marketplace for self-propelled howitzers. Australia was the final nation [before Egypt] to amass the K9, and the identical howitzer is in service in South Korea, Turkey, Poland, India, Finland, Norway, and Estonia. K9 Thunder is taken into account the world’s greatest self-propelled howitzer, in keeping with many navy specialists.

Information about K9 Thunder

The producer of K9 Thunder is the South Korean firm Hanwha Protection. The design of the primary K9 was accomplished on the drafting board in 1989. One yr later, the primary serial manufacturing started. In 2018, Hanwha Protection makes a serious replace to the self-propelled howitzer to achieve the present stage.

K9 fires an artillery shell at a most distance of fifty km. Relying on the ammunition used, the vary of taking pictures is completely different – from 18 to 50 km. The K9’s gun is 155 mm, and the self-propelled howitzer meets all necessities of NATO requirements.

The howitzer can shoot from movement and at relaxation. It deploys extraordinarily shortly, with the primary shot reproduced 30 seconds after deployment. The howitzer has an especially excessive stage of armor and may assure the safety of the crew and gear from 155 mm projectile fragments, 14.5 mm armor-piercing cartridges/projectiles, and anti-personnel mines. The metal from which the bumper is made can be an area growth.

Egypt seeks howitzers, Korea's armored K9s 155mm are an option
Photograph credit score: Hanwha Protection

K9 works are powered by a German engine STX-MTU MT881Ka-500, which offers 735 kW at 2,700 rpm and 1,000 horsepower.

To keep away from hacking throughout operation, the hearth management system works underneath textual content DOS instructions and graphical Home windows. K9 has all fashionable sensors and navigation instruments.

Manufacturing unit 200 close to Cairo

Manufacturing unit 200 [Abu Zaabal Tank Repair Factory] was born throughout negotiations between Egypt and america in 1984 when Washington agreed to assist Egypt construct one of many largest navy factories on this planet. Three years later, Manufacturing unit 200 grew to become the most important non-US Abrams A1 tank manufacturing unit.

Issue 200 is a manufacturing and restore plant for closely armored fight autos, primarily tanks. Normal Dynamics Land Programs is transferring a few of its expertise options to Manufacturing unit 200, and all Egyptian employees is skilled and extremely certified. Manufacturing unit 200 is claimed to have produced at the least 1,500 Abrams A1 tanks, with Egypt alone having about 1,360 items. Manufacturing unit 200 doesn’t perform civil proceedings.

Done deal: about 200 Korean K9 SPH will be produced in Egypt
Photograph credit score: Egypt Right now

The brand new K9 Thunder

Based on the South Korean concern Hanhwa Protection, work has begun on a brand new model of the K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer with an unmanned turret. State analysis on this variant, designated K9A2, had been supposed to begin in 2021

The newest model of the K9 is to be geared up with a completely unmanned turret system with a completely automated ammunition loading and dealing with system. That is to considerably enhance the speed of fireside and scale back the variety of crew members. Preliminary analysis and growth on this model of K9 is anticipated to be accomplished throughout the subsequent few years.

Based on the plan, the K9A2 is to take part in this system of buying a brand new self-propelled howitzer for the British Military, which plans to ultimately change and withdraw the at the moment operated AS90s from the road service.

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