Romania to buy K9 self-propelled howitzers from Korea

By Kim Joo-heon Posted : June 20, 2024, 14:11 Updated : June 20, 2024, 14:11
Defense Minister Shin Won-sik left shakes hands with Romanian Defense Minister Angel Tilvar during their meeting at the Romanian Ministry of Defense on June 19 2024 Courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense
Korean Defense Minister Shin Won-sik (left) shakes hands with Romanian Defense Minister Angel Tîlvăr during their meeting in Bucharest on June 19, 2024. Courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense
SEOUL, June 20 (AJU PRESS) - Romania has decided to purchase self-propelled howitzers and ammunition resupply vehicles from South Korea’s Hanwha Aerospace in a deal estimated to be worth $920 million, Seoul officials said.

Romanian Defense Minister Angel Tilvar told his Korean counterpart Shin Won-sik on Wednesday that the country will import 54 K9 self-propelled howitzers and 36 K1 ammunition resupply vehicles. Shin visited the European country for talks on bilateral defense industry cooperation. 

If the contract is finalized, Romania will become the ninth European country to import the Korean self-propelled howitzers.
This undated photo shows Koreas K-9 self-propelled howitzer Courtesy of Hanwha Defense
This undated photo shows a K-9 self-propelled howitzer. Courtesy of Hanwha Defense

The K9, one of South Korea's best-selling weapons, has been exported to India, Australia, Poland, Türkiye and many other countries. 

The deal would mark Romania’s largest arms acquisition in seven years.

Bordering Ukraine across the Black Sea, Romania has been hastening its military modernization. The country aims to escalate its defense budget from the current 2 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) to 2.5 percent. By 2032, it plans to invest $39.9 billion in procuring advanced weaponry.

"Korea will be the best partner for Romania's ongoing military modernization project," said Minister Shin. He also expressed hopes that the cooperation would extend to co-production, cross-training between operational units and personnel exchanges in various areas of defense and defense industry collaboration.
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