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    Hanwha Aerospace Secures $1 Billion Contract with Romania for Advanced Artillery Systems

    Hanwha Aerospace has inked a substantial $1 billion contract with Romania to supply 54 K9 Self-Propelled Howitzers and 36 K10 Ammunition Resupply Vehicles. This deal, finalized on 9th July, also includes a package of support vehicles and ammunition, reflecting Hanwha’s comprehensive defence capabilities.

    Romania’s acquisition of the K9 and K10 systems marks its entry as the 10th member of the K9 User Club. This club comprises nations operating the 155mm/52-calibre tracked self-propelled howitzer, a system that dominates over half of the global self-propelled howitzer market. Romania joins NATO allies Turkey, Poland, Norway, Finland, and Estonia in utilizing the K9, and becomes the third global operator of the K10 after Norway and Australia, further enhancing its artillery efficiency.

    Hanwha Aerospace President and CEO, Mr. Jaeil Son, highlighted the strategic significance of the contract: “This is a remarkable deal that can further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries. It represents Hanwha Aerospace’s capability to provide advanced defence solutions with high-level technological expertise and world-leading production capacity.”

    Hanwha Aerospace to Boost Romanian Economy with Localized Production and Strategic Partnership

    The contract stipulates staged deliveries over the next five years, with initial shipments expected by early 2027. A significant portion of the manufacturing and maintenance will occur in Romania, involving local suppliers to boost the Romanian economy and industry.

    Mr Peter Bae, Vice President of Hanwha Aerospace Europe, emphasized the benefits to Romania’s defence sector: “Hanwha Aerospace is committed to maximizing benefits to the Romanian defence industry through localization programs, including local production, employment, technology transfer, and establishing a Center of Excellence for MRO operations in Romania. This partnership aims to integrate Romanian industry into Hanwha Aerospace’s global supply chains, potentially positioning Romania as a European hub for our land business.”

    Hanwha Aerospace Introduces Redback IFV for Romania’s Armored Vehicle Modernization Program

    In addition to the artillery systems, Hanwha Aerospace is offering the Redback Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) for Romania’s armoured vehicle modernization program. The Redback, selected by Australia for its next-generation IFV program, features advanced technologies like composite rubber tracks, a hard-kill active protection system, and a see-through helmet-mounted display.

    The high level of commonality between the K9 and Redback in powertrain and chassis is expected to streamline operations, production, and maintenance, enhancing the overall efficiency of Romania’s defence capabilities.

    About the K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer

    Developed in 1999 with the South Korean Agency for Defense Development, the 47-ton K9 "Thunder" can deliver precise, rapid effects at ranges exceeding 40 kilometres. It is optimized for "Shoot and Scoot" tactics, firing multiple rounds and relocating swiftly to evade counterfire. The upgraded K9A1 version features a fully automatic ammunition handling system, capable of firing over 10 rounds per minute with just three crew members.
    About the K10 Ammunition Resupply Vehicle

    The K10, sharing the K9's chassis, supports artillery operations by carrying and resupplying 155mm shells and charges under combat conditions. It can transfer ammunition at a speed of 12 rounds per minute, ensuring efficient logistics support and tactical mobility.
    About Hanwha Aerospace

    Founded in 1977, Hanwha Aerospace is a global leader in aerospace and defence, offering a wide range of land combat vehicles, precision-guided munitions, and engines for various platforms. As the systems integrator for South Korea's space launch vehicles, Hanwha Aerospace plays a pivotal role in the country's space endeavours. For more information, visit www.hanwhaaerospace.com.

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