According to the Norwegian media, the country’s Armed Forced are in the market for self-propelled howitzers. The Korean K9 Thunder, and the Swiss-upgraded M109G are among the favorites on the shortlist. Back in January, four candidates (listed below) underwent rugged winter testing for three weeks, with the K9 emerging as the favorable candidate.
- K9 Thunder (South Korea)
- Caesar (France)
- Panzerhaubitze 2000 (Germany)
- M109G (Switzerland)
The key requirements of the Norwegian military are range, firepower, mobility, protection and operational costs.
Around a dozen US-made M109A3GN are in service with the Norwegian Armed Forces currently.
24 units will be ordered to be put into service by 2020.
|Place of origin||South Korea|
|In service||1999 – present|
|Users (including potential)||S.Korea, Turkey, Poland, Denmark, Finland, India|
|Unit cost||$2.1 million|
|Variants||K10, T-155 ‘Firtina’ (Storm)|
|Weight||47 tonnes (K9)|
|Crew||5 (Commander, Driver, Gunner, 2 Loaders)|
|Maximum firing range||30,000 m (HE)
38,000 m (DP-ICM base bleed)
41,600 m (Extended range full-bore-base)
52–56,000 m (BB+RAP extended range)
|52 cal (155mm howitzer)|
|12.7 mm (.50 caliber) K6 HMG|
|Engine||MTU MT 881 Ka-500 8-cylinder water-cooled diesel
|Transmission||S&T Dynamics X1100-5A3|