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Australia inks its largest ever Asian military contract

13th December 2021 - 04:06 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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The Australian Army will receive 30 AS9 155mm SPHs and 15 AS10 ammunition resupply vehicles under a newly minted deal. (Hanwha Defense Australia)

The Australian Army will be receiving its first self-propelled howitzers, which will be assembled domestically.

Australia and South Korea used the occasion of President Moon Jae-in’s arrival in Canberra on 13 December to sign a contract for 30 AS9 Huntsman 155mm SPHs and 15 AS10 ammunition resupply vehicles.

The contract with Hanwha Defense Australia (HDA) is worth an estimated A$1 billion ($717 million), representing the largest military acquisition between the two nations. Not only that, but it is Australia’s largest-ever military acquisition from Asia.

The acquisition comes nine years after Australia got cold feet and cancelled a previous plan to adopt the K9.

Australian Minister of Defence Peter Dutton revealed that the contract also includes

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