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Left, refurbished Finnish K9

Right, K9A1 prototype. Changes in yellow circle. New FCS, night vision optics for driver, APU, etc.

 

Here you can see that Finland is getting K9, not upgraded version.

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Left, refurbished Finnish K9

Right, K9A1 prototype. Changes in yellow circle. New FCS, night vision optics for driver, APU, etc.

 

Here you can see that Finland is getting K9, not upgraded version.

 

The K9 A1 seems to have a projectile tracking radar above the barrel.

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difference to the korean model?

Well...

 

ICS digitization solution for military vehicles to the Finnish Defence Forces K9 artillery

 

Kongsberg Defence Systems (KONGSBERG) has entered into a contract with Hanwha Land Systems to deliver Integrated Combat Solution (ICS) to Finland’s new artillery.

 

Finland has decided to acquire K9 Thunder 155mm self-propelled howitzers from South Korea where KONGSBERG’s ICS will be installed.

 

ICS is a modern vehicle electronic digital system based on open standards for connectivity, integration of sensors, weapons, communication networks and security systems for the next generation military vehicles.

https://www.kongsberg.com/en/kds/news/2017/august/ics%20digitization%20solution%20for%20military%20vehicles%20to%20the%20finnish%20defence%20forces%20k9%20artillery/

 

ICS is also installed on the new armored vehicles (CV90s, Wisent 2s etc) that are being delivered to the Norwegian Army, so it doesn't exactly hurt K9's chances of being selected here (the winner might be announced as early as next month according to the FMA).

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And there it is:

Norway buys new artillery system from Hanwha Land Systems

On Wednesday, the Norwegian Defence Material Agency and South Korean Hanwha Land Systems signed a contract for 155 mm artillery system.

 

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The contract includes the delivery of 24 self propelled guns with associated ammunition vehicles, and an option of additional 24 systems. K9 Thunder 155mm L / 52 skyts is one of the world's most widely used L / 52 guns and is found in large numbers in South Korea and Turkey. Finland recently purchased the same system from Hanwha Land Systems.

 

Source (in Norwegian): https://forsvaret.no/forsvarsmateriell/presserom/norge-kj%C3%B8per-nytt-artillerisystem-til-h%C3%A6ren-av-hanwha-land-systems

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One K-9 suffered a fatal howitzer accident. It's surely a great piece with a service of more than 15 years already. Accidents know how to sneak up. Army says cause was faulty parts.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20171226000364

 

 

that short articel tells not much.

 

 

South Korea's Army said Tuesday a mechanical flaw triggered the explosion of a K-9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer in August that left three soldiers dead and four others wounded.

 

The howitzer blew up abruptly while in use at a shooting range in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province. The Army has since suspended the operation of K9s for training purposes, although it remains operational for combat ones.

 

The detonator ignited by itself and some components functioned abnormally, the Army said after a joint investigation joined by 113 government, military officials and civilian experts.

 

The announcement indicated no human error or mistake at the time of the accident.

 

In a press release, however, it did not directly mention the responsibility of the manufacturer of the artillery system, Hanwha Land Systems, an affiliate of Hanwha Techwin.

 

The Army plans to resume the use of K9s at training sites "in stages" and take additional safety measures for troops operating K9s, plus a better maintenance system. (Yonhap)

 

 

so what went wrong? out of battery? faulty charge?

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https://www.hanwha.co.kr/media/news/vod_view.do?seq=3836&

http://www.sedaily.com/NewsView/1S3HI4W3GE (both article is korean)

 

August 22, First 6 K9A1 were delivered to army

 

now army plans to upgrade the army's whole K9 to K9A1 until mid 2020~2030

http://hanwhalandsystems.com/mobile/products/firearms-system-k9a1 Here's the manufacture's webpage in English describing the differences.

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https://www.hanwha.co.kr/media/news/vod_view.do?seq=3836&

http://www.sedaily.com/NewsView/1S3HI4W3GE (both article is korean)

 

August 22, First 6 K9A1 were delivered to army

 

now army plans to upgrade the army's whole K9 to K9A1 until mid 2020~2030

http://hanwhalandsystems.com/mobile/products/firearms-system-k9a1 Here's the manufacture's webpage in English describing the differences.

 

 

Hi Dawes - that link takes me to an error page.

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Hi Dawes - that link takes me to an error page.

 

It was working. Try this http://hanwhalandsystems.com/products/firearms-system-k9a1

 

 

Much better, thank you. I love this SP 105mm - it looks like someone gave Ryan Gill an M101 and shut him in a barn for few hours, then he drove it straight out through the doors, A-Team style. :)

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Not sure how the Koreans handled this particular case. Women are exempt from their military service, I believe.

 

He/She/It got discharged.

An appeal by a former Korean sergeant, who was forcibly discharged from the military after sex reassignment surgery, to revoke the decision to has been denied, the Army said Friday.

 

Byun Hee-soo, 22, was discharged from the military on Jan. 22 after undergoing sex reassignment surgery while enlisted, despite her wish to continue service as a female officer.

 

What she has done “falls into reasons deemed unfit” for military service in accordance with the current law, the Army said.

 

She filed an appeal with a committee in the Army in February seeking to cancel the decision, saying it is unfair that she has been forcibly discharged based on her gender.

 

Headed by a colonel, the committee, which is composed of external figures including a judge, convened a meeting Monday to review whether the sergeant being discharged was legitimate.

 

“The decision (to discharge the soldier from the military) was made legitimately in accordance with the medical examination standards and discharge procedures stipulated in the current Military Personnel Management Act and no ilegality was found with the decision,” the Army said in a statement Friday.

 

Byun is to file suit against the Army, asking the court to invalidate the decision.

 

Byun, a tank driver in a unit in Gyeonggi Province, underwent sex reassignment surgery in December in Thailand after gaining approval from the unit. She was the first active-duty officer to have sex reassignment surgery while in service.

 

Currently, there are no rules concerning those who enlist in the military as men and subsequently undergo gender reassignment surgery after being conscripted.

 

 

Under the Defense Ministry’s ordinance, active servicemen who suffer considerable mental or physical damage are subject to a review of their suitability for given positions.

 

Following a medical examination, the transgender sergeant received a grade 3 on a scale of 1 to 11 on mental and physical disabilities, where 11 would be the best score, due to the removal of the genitals.

 

Under Korea’s regulations on military recruitment, transgender people are considered mentally disabled, labeled with “gender identity disorder” and declared unfit for military service.

 

http://m.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200703000646#;
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