Finland will replace Soviet howitzers Gvozdika with Korean K9 Thunder


Artillery units of the Finnish army will receive new weapons.

Yesterday, the news website reported that the Ministry of Defence of Finland started negotiations with South Korean company Samsung Techwin on purchasing howitzers K9 Thunder.

It was reported that the armed forces of Finland filed an official request to purchase a number of self-propelled howitzers from South Korea during the period from 2020 to 2030.

In particular, K9 Thunder will replace Soviet self-propelled 122-mm howitzers 2S1 Gvozdika, which are in the service of Finnish army under the name PsH 74 (according to data for 2016, there are 36 of them). The Defense Ministry has not disclosed details about the number of purchased equipment, or the amount of the transaction.

K9 Thunder is a South Korean 155-mm self-propelled gun (SPG). The Defense Ministry of South Korea ordered development of a new SPG to Samsung Techwin in 1989, and the first K9 Thunder went into service 10 years later. The gun can accurately hit targets at a distance of over 40 kilometres, but the range can be extended to 50 kilometres by using “smart” Excalibur projectiles. In June this year, the South Korean Defense Ministry announced its plans to significantly upgrade K9 Thunder by robotization of the tower, reducing the crew from 5 to 2.