The new ‘user community’ is designed to enable military practitioners and industry partners from countries who employ the weapons systems to trade expertise, with an inaugural summit scheduled for April.
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Hanwha has established a new ‘user community’ for the K9 self-propelled howitzer, designed to enable countries that currently employ the weapons system to trade experience and knowledge.
It is expected that the first meeting will be held in Changwon, South Korea in April with the system used by nine different nations.
South Korea, Turkey, Poland, India, Finland, Norway and Egypt currently use the system.
The company has also confirmed that Australia will also be among the nine countries to receive an invite, having recently entered into a contract with Hanwha for the development of the AS9 Huntsman in December.
“The K9 User Club meeting in Changwon will be an inaugural event for the K9 users to learn from each other and share experience on how to get the best out of the equipment and how to train best for the artillery solution,” Pasi Pasivirta, European business development director of Hanwha Defense, said.
“All participants can take advantage of the venue to find the optimised operation and sustainment doctrine of the K9 artillery gun with their knowledge and know-how.”
It is hoped that representatives would include military practitioners and members of industry.
Hanwha has also confirmed that Universal Motion Simulation, an Australian company specialising in vehicle simulators, would be present to showcase their new simulation offering. Universal Motion Simulation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hanwha Defense Australia last year, gaining access to international markets.
During the meeting, Hanwha has announced that it will host sessions to better engage partners on training and maintenance and operations to better engage with the weapons system.
The K9 was developed in 1998, and currently has a firing range of over 40 kilometres and can reach speeds of 67km/h.