Finnish Thunder

According to Finnish Broadcasting Corp., Finland will buy 48 used self-propelled howitzers from South Korea for 146 million euros. Besides the howitzers, the deal also includes training, spare parts and maintenance.

The Korean-designed K9 Thunder 155-mm self-propelled gun was evaluated in Finland’s Lapland, and its suitability to Finnish requirements confirmed (Finnish MoD photo)
The Korean-designed K9 Thunder 155-mm self-propelled gun was evaluated in Finland’s Lapland, and its suitability to Finnish requirements confirmed (Finnish MoD photo)

Defence Jussi Niinistö (Sannf) approved the purchase on Friday, February 17.

The new vehicles are to replace part of the Finnish army’s artillery park that will become obsolete in the 2020s and 2030s.

The first self-propelled guns will arrive in Finland next year and the final ones in 2024. Conscripts are scheduled to begin training in the new artillery system in 2019.

The Army tested the K9 Thunder self-propelled guns last year in Lapland. Their 155-millimeter (6.1 inches) guns have a range of about 40 kilometers/24.8 miles. They have a top speed of over 60 kilometers per hour/37 miles per hour.

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