Indian troops move ahead
with 41 units of’K9 self-propelled artillery’
k9 self-propelled artillery
“Hanhwa export’green light’
The Indian Army delivered 41 of
the K9 self-propelled artillery guns,
which had been upgraded to suit the local K9
a few months earlier, and was deployed.
The 10 K-9 self-propelled
by Hanwha Defense at the end of
2018 appear to have demonstrated
their outstanding ability in the field between
India and Pakistan.
The’real experience’ is considered
the biggest consideration in importing
weapons from each country. Following
the excellent cost-performance ratio of the K9,
the green light was turned on to expand
export countries such as Eastern
Europe and Africa, which are new targets
for development, while also verifying
their ability to practice.
According to related industries
and foreign media on the 12th, the Indian
Army recently joined the weapons system
by significantly speeding up the delivery
schedule of 41 SPGs for K-9 barge.
The supply was delivered by L&T,
a local defense company headquartered
in Mumbai, India.
In 2017, Hanwha Defense
(at the time, Hanwha Techwin)
signed an export contract with the Indian
government for 100 K9 self-propelled guns.
At the time, the contract size was
45 billion rupees (720 billion won).
This is a part of the technology transfer value.
The first 10 were produced in Korea
and delivered to India. The remaining
90 are produced at a local factory invested
by Indian defense company L&T with technical
support from Hanwha Defense.
In a foreign interview, L&T said,
“We delivered some of the K9 Bagra
self-propelled artillery a few months
ahead of the contract delivery date.”
The Indian government originally
planned to finish deploying 100 K9
self-propelled guns by November this year.
It is expected that the entire schedule
will be advanced ahead of schedule as
the 41 doors are delivered earlier.
Hanwha Defense Systems is a project that
is a 5:5 ratio joint venture with local
companies in terms of the amount of
export contracts and
the performance of orders.
The K9 self-propelled artillery,
which is being produced in India,
has been modified to suit
the local environment,
such as heat and desert terrain,
and was named’Bajira (Hindi in Thunder)’.
It is said that it is sometimes called’King
Kong’ in the big success of K9
In addition, the K9 self-propelled artillery
is also evaluated in India for its unique
mobility, while it has been evaluated for
its thick armor and high hitting accuracy,
and the Indian government is also
successfully evaluating the introduction
of the K9 self-propelled artillery.