Romania buys from South Korea 54 K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers

Romania will buy from South Korean company Hanwha Aerospace Co. Ltd. three battalion-level 155mm howitzer systems, including 54 K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers, support equipment and an initial amount of specific ammunition.

The announcement was made by the Ministry of National Defemse (MApN) after the meeting between the Minister of Defense, Angel Tîlvăr, and his South Korean counterpart, Won-sik Shin, in Bucharest.

Romanian Defense Minister Angel Tîlvăr highlighted the openness of the Romanian party in identifying concrete cooperation projects that would add value to both states and contribute to strengthening the bilateral relation, noting that the cooperation relations between Romania and the Republic of Korea at defence industry level can be a good example to be replicated in other defence areas.

The Romanian official welcomed the designation of Hanwha Aerospace Co. Ltd. Company as the winner of the competitive procedure for the purchase by Romania of three battalion-level 155mm howitzer systems, including 54 K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers, support equipment and an initial amount of specific ammunition.

The Romanian official expressed his willingness to continue the political-military dialogue, including at the level of experts, in order to identify concrete projects that can be developed in the future, within the framework provided by the defence cooperation agreement.

During the talks, the Romanian Minister of Defence briefly presented the main threats and risks in the Black Sea and Western Balkans regions against the background of the Russian Federation’s war of aggression against Ukraine. At the same time, the Romanian official emphasized Romania’s multidimensional support for Ukraine, including in terms of ensuring the transit of Ukrainian grains to the global market, as well as our country’s efforts in implementing the Allied measures in the region.

“Profiling the Black Sea as an area of strategic interest for democratic states represents an important objective of the bilateral strategic dialogue”, Minister Tîlvăr emphasized.

According to the government in Seoul, the transaction amounts to 920 million dollars.
Hanwha Aerospace Co. LtdK9 Thunder self-propelled howitzersRomaniaSouth Korea
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  • Panagiotis Spyridis

    I hope the relevant shell cartridge ammo are made in Romania and not bought from Turkey!