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DSEI 2021: Korean know-how brings the Thunder for MFP

23rd September 2021 - 16:02 GMT | by Samuel Beal in London

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K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer. (Photo: Hanwha Defense)

Hanwha Defense establishes a UK industrial partnership for the K9 self-propelled howitzer, as the South Korean company looks to the future of artillery systems with autonomous technologies.

In a bid to secure the UK MoD’s Mobile Fires Platform (MFP) programme while also alleviating any potential fears over its foreign credentials, Hanwha Defense has formed an industrial partnership with various UK-based firms under the moniker ‘Team Thunder’.

The animating force behind the move is to manufacture a UK-variant of the tried-and-tested K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer (SPH).

Hanwha announced a flurry of MoUs during DSEI on 14-17 September with Leonardo UK, Pearson Engineering, Horstman Engineering and Soucy Defense.

Pasi Pasivirta, European business development director for the South Korean company, also told Shephard the company was in advanced discussions with

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