Norway interested in Korean K9 self-propelled howitzers

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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.

K9 Thunder:

Type Self-propelled artillery
Place of origin South Korea
Service history
In service 1999 – present
Users (including potential) S.Korea, Turkey, Poland, Denmark, Finland, India
Production history
Designer Samsung Techwin,ADD
Designed 1989–1998
Manufacturer Samsung Techwin
Unit cost $2.1 million
Produced 1999–present
Variants K10, T-155 ‘Firtina’ (Storm)
Weight 47 tonnes (K9)
Length 12 m
Width 3.4 m
Height 2.73 m
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
1000 hp
Power/weight 21 hp/ton
Transmission S&T Dynamics X1100-5A3
Suspension hydropneumatic
480 km
Speed 67 km/h