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On Tuesday, South Korean defense contractor Hanwha has announced that it signed a major agreement with the U.S. military on collaborative research and development of key defense items and technologies.

According to a company news release, the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) was signed by the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center (DEVCOM AC) and Hanwha’s two defense business affiliates _ Hanwha Corporation and Hanwha Defense.

The CRADA is a cooperative mechanism that enables a US Government activity to work with academia, industry, and other non-government entities on research and development. Hanwha is the first Korean company to enter into this type of agreement with the US Army.


“This is a historic and exciting opportunity,” said Retired US Army Lieutenant General Bernard Champoux, head of Hanwha’s US defense operations. Champoux had served as commander of the 8th US Army. “It not only acknowledges the quality of the Republic of Korea’s growing defense sector, but also further strengthens the bilateral US-ROK relationship and the Alliance.”

The agreement came as a result of the visit by a senior delegation from DEVCOM AC to South Korea in November 2019 for discussions with Hanwha. Both parties shared their interest in jointly developing capabilities for the US and other international military markets, with potential commercial spin-off applications.

Under the agreement framework, Hanwha and DEVCOM AC will conduct research and development of defense equipment and technologies through exchange of resources, technical expertise and intellectual properties. The outcomes of their joint projects will serve to greatly assist both countries’ needs for next-generation weapon and ammunition solutions.

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Delegates from DEVCOM AC pose with officials of Hanwha Corporation while visiting Hanwha’s facility in Yeosu in November 2019.


For Hanwha, this agreement is yet another step in demonstrating its commitment to US defense stakeholders and the US economy by facilitating transfer of technologies that can be incorporated into the American industrial base.

The CRADA comes on the heels of Hanwha’s recent success in Australia’s high-profile army modernization programs, including LAND 400 and LAND 8116, for which Hanwha Defense-built Redback Next-Generation Infantry Fighting Vehicle and K9 Huntsman Self-Propelled Howitzer have been either shortlisted or nominated as preferred systems.

Hanwha Corporation has its foundation in the development and production of energetics with 68 years of accumulated expertise. The company is recognized for its modernized production of explosives propellants, and advanced precision guided munitions for the Republic of Korea and numerous allied nations.


 

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SEOUL, Sept. 22 (Yonhap) -- The top military officers of South Korea and Estonia held talks in Seoul on Thursday to discuss bilateral defense cooperation and regional security, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

JCS Chairman Gen. Kim Seung-kyum met with Estonian Defense Forces Commander Lt. Gen. Martin Herem as the latter came here to attend DX Korea 2022, the ongoing defense exhibition that kicked off at the KINTEX exhibition center in Goyang, northwest of Seoul, on Wednesday.

Kim pointed out that unity among nations is "more important than ever before" given the "complicated" security landscape in the world. Herem called for continued bilateral cooperation.

Kim also asked for Estonia's continued support for Seoul's efforts to achieve denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, according to JCS.

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JCS Chairman Gen. Kim Seung-kyum (L) and Estonian Defense Forces Commander Lt. Gen. Martin Herem pose for a photo as they meet for talks in Seoul on Sept. 22, 2022, in this photo released by Kim's office. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

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This thread is strictly for news and discussion regarding general export and foreign cooperation that cannot be posted in individual weapons systems threads. About the export of weapons themselves, please refer to their respective threads.
 
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We will also build on the Army’s modernisation programme – at pace. Specifically on artillery, I am accelerating our Mobile Fires Programme. So instead of delivering in the 2030s it will do this earlier this decade. I have also directed that, subject to commercial negotiation, an interim artillery capability is to be delivered.

UK defence contact of mine was telling me earlier that this will likely be addressed by UK by purchasing K9 from Korean stocks.

Stay tuned and I guess lets see.
 

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K9 Team Thunder UK are lobbying hard, but there‘re many options for UK MoD.

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UK could go for German RCH-155 (wheeled Boxer with 155 mm gun), Swedish Archer (owned by British BAE Systems) or French Caesar (albeit highly unlikely hahaha) as well.

Yes, but his reasoning is the wording used by UK Def Min lately regarding "interim" artillery capability need ....and the expedience regarding that now exacerbated by AS90 being sent to Ukraine.

i.e K9 is pretty much only one with available stocks at short notice implied by UK Def Min.

If that is what is acquired at short notice, the full capability production will most definitely be K9A2 at that point going forward.
 

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Makes sense. Fast availability of similarly tracked PzH 2000 is questionable.

Would be lovely if „interim“ turns to „long-term“ once they get the taste of Korean K9 ;)
 

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There was some deal signed today regarding K2/K9 cooperation but they didnt say what exactly that deal was about.
Nothing spectacular according to this article:

During Lee’s visit, Hanwha Aerospace announced it had signed a contract with Polish defense company WB Group to equip Hanwha’s Chunmoo multiple rocket launch system (MLRS) with WB’s Polish command and control systems to meet Polish operational requirements.

A deal for Topaz integration of K239. Maybe for K2/K9 too, not mentioned in Link.

 

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I dont think so, deal with WB was day or two earlier.
 

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Looks like another batch of K9, K2 and Chunmoo is really close to being signed.
Birds are singing about 149 K9PL to be delivered - 2026
K2 should also be not basic Korean K2 (from stock ;) ) but this time K2 PL

End its official
"Under the agreement with Hanwha Defense, Poland will acquire another 6 self-propelled K9 howitzers in 2025 and 146 self-propelled howitzers of the K9PL version in 2026–2027, the agency said.
The contract also includes a training and logistics package and the delivery of a significant stock of 155mm ammunition, numbering tens of thousands of rounds, the agency said.

Poland will also receive technical documentation on the guns. In addition, maintenance, renovation, and modernization works will be set up, and selected howitzer parts will be produced by the Polish defense industry."
 
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Looks like another batch of K9, K2 and Chunmoo is really close to being signed.
Birds are singing about 149 K9PL to be delivered - 2026
K2 should also be not basic Korean K2 (from stock ;) ) but this time K2 PL

End its official
"Under the agreement with Hanwha Defense, Poland will acquire another 6 self-propelled K9 howitzers in 2025 and 146 self-propelled howitzers of the K9PL version in 2026–2027, the agency said.
The contract also includes a training and logistics package and the delivery of a significant stock of 155mm ammunition, numbering tens of thousands of rounds, the agency said.

Poland will also receive technical documentation on the guns. In addition, maintenance, renovation, and modernization works will be set up, and selected howitzer parts will be produced by the Polish defense industry."
The Polish defence community doesn't seem very happy about that deal. They would prefer producing more homegrown Krabs.

With the new center-left Polish government coming in, they'll cancel the domestic production and big orders for hundreds of K9PL and K2PL. Hanwha and Hyundai Rotem would have to shelf their expansion plans in Poland as a staging hub for the European market. The Germans will regain their dominant position with several new deals for Leo 2, RCH-155, Boxer AFV, Lynx IFV etc.
 

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Not really.
Yes, new government is coming but they already said that energy and military programs will continue. (I know that could change but for NOW they are rather supporting military deals)
And of course def community is not happy with K9, Krabs are better BUT
a) Our Krab production is too limited and they are going to Ukraine right now
b) those 300-400 K9 will be much quicker
There are talks abour ANOTHER 160 K9 deal

Germans and Leos are out.
K2 deal we'll see maybe even this week. We want to PRODUCE it at least in some way. If we couldnt produce and fully service those tanks then other option is Abrams. They are better then K2 and US is ready for full service center IF we buy at least 500 of them.

TIME is most important for us thats why Germans are out. New equipment should be ready in units by 2028.
 
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Meant Germany regaining it’s dominant position in armored vehicle market throughout Europe.

Poland won‘t buy any German armor in the foreseeable future - that‘s for sure 😉
 
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