Norway exercises options for additional Hanwha K9 and K10 armoured vehicles
Hanwha has signed a contract with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency to supply four additional K9 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) and eight K10 Ammunition Resupply Vehicles (ARVs) for delivery in 2023-2024.
The award represents an exercise of options from a 2017 contract between Hanwha and the NDMA for 24 K9 SPHs and 6 K10 ARVs.
'The latest option contract for the additional delivery of K9 VIDAR [Versatile Indirect Artillery] systems and K10 ARVs is a key milestone for enhanced defence cooperation between Hanwha and Norway,” said Kwak Jong-woo, Hanwha VP and head of Land Systems,
The 155mm/52cal K9 Thunder has 1,700 units already in service, accounting for nearly 60% of the SPH market globally according to Hanwha. Other export customers for the K9 are Australia, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, India, Poland and Turkey. Shephard Defence Insight estimates the unit cost of a K9 at $9 million and
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