CAIRO, ($1=15.71 Egyptian Pounds) – Egypt and South Korea are on the “final right” to negotiate the production of armored tracked K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers for the Egyptian army, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing the Korean online portal Arirang.
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The deal is reportedly being negotiated at a high political level after South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met on January 20th to discuss the possibility of producing a Korean howitzer under license in Egypt.
This is not the first topic concerning the defense industry between the two countries. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that at the end of last year during the International Exhibition of Defense and Security in Cairo, Egypt, the delegations of the two countries discussed the production of a K9 Black Panther tank in Egypt, again under license.
The K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer has a serious chance of being manufactured in Egypt. Egyptian sources claim that the “pharaohs” have long appreciated the capabilities of the howitzer and nearly 10 years ago put it at the top of the list, which should replace the existing obsolete Egyptian howitzers. However, no deal has been reached between Egypt and South Korea in the past 10 years, as Egypt has demanded that South Korea reduce technology transfer fees.
More about K9 Thunder
The South Korean self-propelled howitzer is famous for its high mobility. Under the “bumper” is a powerful German engine MTU MT 881 Ka-500 guaranteeing 1000 horsepower. The transmission is Allison X1100-5A3 with proportional gear distribution – two front and two rear. The front of the howitzer has a large drive gear that drives a total of twelve solid wheels – six on each side of the howitzer.
K9 Thunder has an integrated automatic charging system. The howitzer can carry 48 shells when fully loaded. They are fired from a 155mm / 52 caliber cannon with a maximum range of up to 40 km. The cannon, in addition to being mechanical, can be positioned according to the set coordinates for striking and by remote control. K9 Thunder fires up to six missiles per minute.
South Korea’s Thunder is run by a six-member crew. The bumper is thick and thick – 19 mm. The bumper can protect the howitzer from splinters and small weapons. The howitzer has two doors – one on the left side of the howitzer and one larger for the crew at the rear of the howitzer. It is in the rear base of the K9 that the cube with the cannon is located.
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