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Hanwha Defense from South Korea to deliver artillery vehicles K9A1 K10 K11 to Egypt

Defense News February 2022 Global Security army industry

Posted On Thursday, 03 February 2022 11:46

According to information released by the South Korean company Hanwha Defense on February 3, 2022, the Army Recognition editorial team presents all the artillery vehicles that Hanwha Defense will deliver to the Egyptian armed forces according to the contract signed with Egypt worth $1.7 billion including hundreds of K9A1 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzers, K10 ARV Ammunition Resupply Vehicles, and K11 Fire Direction Control Vehicles also based on the K9 tracked armored chassis.

Hanwha Defense from South Korea will deliver K9A1 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzers, K10 ARV Ammunition Resupply Vehicles, and K11 Fire Direction Control Vehicles to Egypt armed forces.

Under the contract, Hanwha Defense is scheduled to deliver the first batch of K9A1 EGYs before 2025, with the remainder to be produced at the state-run Military Factory 200 in Egypt through technology transfer. In addition, Hanwha Defense is committed to providing a variety of support programs, including user training and organizational/field/depot maintenance. The deal is the largest in scale over the export of the K9 artillery solution, which has already been adopted by eight countries around the globe.

In particular, the latest K9 deal has marked the first export of a naval K9 variant, proving the tracked artillery's versatile operational capability. The Egyptian Navy had long sought to acquire the K9 as an anti-access/area denial weapon system, and the K9 successfully proved its access denial capability by hitting targets precisely at sea during tests and evaluations in 2017.

Developed in 1998 by the state-run Agency for Defense Development (ADD) and Hanwha Defense, the K9 SPH is South Korea's flagship weapons system in a dominant position in the world's SPH (Self-Propelled Howitzer) market. Since 2001, the K9 solution has been adopted by seven nations _ Turkey, Poland, India, Finland, Norway, Estonia and Australia _ through different types of contracts, such as the delivery of finished products, tech transfer, local production, in a way to best meet the requirements of customer nations.

The K9 is equipped with a 155mm/52-calibre gun designed to meet the tactical concept of "Shoot & Scoot." In layman's terms, Shoot & Scoot means a gun moves to a firing position, completes a mission and then leaves the position before an enemy can counter it. It has a maximum firing range of 40 kilometers fitted with an automatic fire control system, the howitzer can fire within 30 seconds from a stationary position and 60 seconds while on move, with a maximum rate of fire from six to eight rounds per minute.

The K10 ARV Ammunition Resupply Vehicle is the world's first automated robotic ammunition carrier operational in conjunction with the K9. The vehicle carries a total of 104 rounds and possesses the same mobility as the K9.

The K11 Fire Direction Control Vehicle is a new vehicle to be developed for the Egyptian military. Using the K9 chassis, the command-post vehicle will be equipped with a range of high-tech sensor and communication equipment in accordance with operational requirements of the Egyptian Army and Navy.

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