Hanwha Defense will export K9 self-propelled howitzers to Egypt

Hanwha Defense signed a contract on February 1 to supply a set of self-propelled howitzers and its support vehicles to the Egyptian Armed Forces.

The contract is valued at approximately $1.7 billion for hundreds of K9 Self-Propelled Howitzers (SPH), K10 Ammunition Supply Vehicles and K11 Fire Direction Control Vehicles. The agreement is the largest in the export scale of the K9 artillery solution, which has already been adopted by eight countries around the world.

A signing ceremony was held at the House of Artillery in the capital of Cairo with the participation of high-level delegates from both countries. Among the Egyptian participants are Colonel-General Mohamed Zaki, Minister of Defence; Major General Mohamed Morsi, Minister of Military Production; Major General Osama Ezzat, head of the Armaments Authority; and Major General Ayman Waafai, head of the artillery department. South Korean delegates include Mr. Son Jae-il, Chairman and CEO of Hanwha Defense; Mr. Kang Eun-ho, Chief of Defense Acquisition Program Administration; and South Korea’s Ambassador to Egypt, Hong Jin-wook.

Under the contract, Hanwha Defense is expected to deliver the first batch of K9A1 EGY before 2025, with the rest to be produced at Military Factory 200 in Egypt through technology transfer. Additionally, Hanwha Defense is committed to providing a variety of support programs, including user training and organizational/field/depot maintenance.

In particular, the latest K9 agreement marked the first export of a naval variant of the K9, proving the versatile operational capability of tracked artillery. The Egyptian Navy has long sought to acquire the K9 as an anti-access/area denial weapon system, and the K9 has successfully proven its access denial capability by hitting targets precisely at sea during tests and ratings in 2017.

Developed in 1998 by the Agency for Defense Development (ADD) and Hanwha Defense, the K9 SPH is South Korea’s flagship weapon system and holds a dominant position in the global SPH market.

Since 2001, the K9 solution has been adopted by seven nations _ Turkey, Poland, India, Finland, Norway, Estonia and Australia _ through different types of contracts, such as product delivery finishes, technology transfer, local production, in a way that best meets the requirements of client nations.

With the Egyptian acquisition of K9, the K9 user community will expand its membership to nine countries, strengthening its position as the largest player in the global HPS market.

“The latest agreement with Egypt is significant as Hanwha Defense has made its way across Africa for the first time with the K9, the world’s most advanced and proven self-propelled howitzer, as part of of a growing partnership between South Korea and Egypt,” said Son Jae. -il, CEO and Chairman of Hanwha Defense. “I promise that we will do our best to make the K9A1 EGY project the best example of bilateral cooperation.”

“Based on mutual trust and understanding, we will do our utmost not only to contribute to the defense capability building of the Egyptian Armed Forces, but also to improve the local industrial base,” Son said, adding that the K9A1 EGY would be promoted in others. countries.”

The K9 is equipped with a 155 mm/52 caliber gun designed to meet the tactical concept of “Shoot & Scoot”. Simply put, Shoot & Scoot means a weapon moves to a firing position, completes a mission, and then leaves the position before an enemy can counter it.

The 47-ton artillery has a firing range of 40 kilometers and can move as fast as 67 kilometers per hour. Equipped with an automatic fire control system, the howitzer can fire in 30 seconds from a stationary position and 60 seconds on the move, with a maximum rate of fire of six to eight rounds per minute.

The K10 Ammunition Supply Vehicle is the world’s first automated robotic ammunition transporter operational in conjunction with the K9. The vehicle carries a total of 104 rounds and has the same mobility as the K9.

The K11 fire direction control vehicle is a new vehicle that will be developed for the Egyptian army. Utilizing the K9 chassis, the command post vehicle will be fitted with a range of high-tech sensors and communications equipment as per the operational requirements of the Egyptian Army and Navy.

About Hanwha Defense

A Hanwha Group Defense Company, Hanwha Defense is the leading developer of wheeled and tracked combat vehicles and weapon systems in South Korea with half a century of accumulated experience, advanced capabilities and technology in many multiple proven direct and indirect fire solutions. Expanding its global footprint, Hanwha Defense has supplied over 8,500 advanced combat vehicles to South Korea and countries around the world, including Malaysia, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Poland, Turkey and India.

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