Hanwha Techwin Co., the defense and aircraft engine making unit of Hanwha Group, announced on December 15 that it signed a US$260 million deal (308.1 billion won) with Poland’s state-run defense contractor Huta Stalow Wola S.A. (HSW) in Poland on the 14th for the second shipment of the hulls of the K-9 self-propelled howitzers.
Under the agreement, Hanwha Techwin will deliver the 96 self-propelled howitzers to HSW from 2017 to 2023.
Previously, the company received an order to build 24 K-9 self-propelled howitzers for the same company in December 2014, with the delivery completed in October. Based on the successful fulfillment of the first project, it has stably secured additional exports.
In addition, Hanwha Techwin is expected to win additional orders in the future considering the possibility of participating in derivative and modified vehicle businesses using the hulls of the K-9 self-propelled howitzers.
The K-9 self-propelled howitzer was jointly developed entirely with domestic technology by Hanwha Techwin and the Agency for Defense Development in 1998. The self-propelled howitzer with the maximum range of 40 kilometers has been deployed to the military since 2000. Turkey also imported the 280 self-propelled howitzers, gaining recognition around the world.