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DSEI 2023: Hanwha highlights UK industrial benefits of K9 Thunder British Army artillery bid

13th September 2023 - 16:30 GMT | by Christopher F Foss in London


One of the prototypes of the latest K9A2 model carrying out a fire mission. (Photo: Hanwha)

Hanwha. which is offering the K9A2 self-propelled artillery system for the British Army's Mobile Fires Platform (MFP) requirement, is offering to bring additional R&D and upgrade work to the UK if it wins the contest.

Shown for the first time at DSEI in 2023 is the Hanwha K9A2 155 mm/52cal self-propelled artillery system. This is the company's entrant for the UK Royal Artillery Mobile Fires Platform (MFP) to replace the BAE Systems AS90, 30 of which have already been pass on to Ukraine.

In addition to Hanwha Aerospace UK, Team Thunder also includes Horstman, Pearson Engineering, Lockheed Martin, Leonardo and Soucy International.

The A2 is the latest version of the K9, of which some 1,800 have been built or are on order for South Korea and export markets.

The K9A2 has a crew of three and automated ammunition

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Christopher F Foss


Christopher F Foss

Christopher F Foss is an internationally recognised authority on armoured fighting vehicles, artillery and other weapon systems, …

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