South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has approved a plan to upgrade home-grown K-9 self-propelled howitzer starting next year.
The approval by the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) allows the mass production of an upgraded K-9 Thunder 155mm self-propelled howitzer from next year, Yonhap reported Friday.
The upgrades aim to improve the automatic fire control system, location system and periscope component of the howitzer which has been in use since 1999.
The renovation will equip the weapon with a new global positioning system, allowing for more accurate targeting, according to the DAPA.
"The upgrade of the K-9 self-propelled howitzer will help improve the military's nighttime operability as well as allow for more prompt and accurate firing," a DAPA official said.
Manufactured by Samsung Techwin, the indigenous howitzer has been exported to four foreign countries including Turkey and India. In 2014, Techwin was taken over by South Korea's Hanwha Group and renamed Hanwha Techwin.
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All India Defence Employees Federation (AIDEF) has written to the Defence Minister requesting to review its decision to buy South Korean howitzer guns instead of locally made Dhanush 155 mm Artillery Gun. The request of AIDEF follows death of South Korean soldiers in an K-9 howitzer explosion during South Korean army's artillery training session,
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