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Thunder rolls through Estonia

27th October 2020 - 16:00 GMT | by Michal Jarocki in Warsaw

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Procurement of the K9 155mm self-propelled howitzer by the Baltic republic reflects a trend across Central and Eastern Europe

Estonia is continuing to integrate K9 Thunder 155mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) into its armed forces.

Since receiving the first two 155mm K9s in late August, two years after placing the order with South Korean company Hanwha Defense, the howitzers have been subjected to technical modifications to bring them closer to the operational requirements of the Estonian Armed Forces. They also went through a series of trials and were used for training of crews and maintenance personnel.

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik on 11 October described the K9 procurement as ‘one of the most important’ for Estonia in recent years, as

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