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K9 SPH gains its first African customer

2nd February 2022 - 01:07 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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Egypt is the eighth nation to order the K9 from Hanwha Defense. It has signed up for dozens of these 155mm SPHs. (Gordon Arthur)

The K9 155mm self-propelled howitzer has achieved its largest export sale to date, with the Egyptian Army lodging a large order.

Egypt has signed a deal, one worth more than KRW2 trillion (approximately $1.7 billion), for K9 Thunder 155mm SPHs as well as support equipment such as K10 ammunition resupply vehicles and K11 fire direction control vehicles from South Korea.

The contract was signed on 1 February, after South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s visit to Cairo last month. His visit was credited as having engendered enough momentum to conclude this government-to-government deal.

South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) stated, ‘The latest deal is the first export of the K9 self-propelled howitzer to Africa, following the artillery’s successful exports to European and

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