According to a statement published by the Polish Ministry of Defense, Polish army soldiers of the 1st Mazurian Artillery Brigade conducted for the first time live firing exercises with the new K9 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer.
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Polish army conducts first live firing exercises with K9 155mm self-propelled howitzers. (Picture source Poland MoD)
During a field exercise at a firing range in the vicinity of Toruń, the Polish soldiers carried out for the first time live firing exercises with K9 155mm self-propelled howitzers. In addition to the battery consisting of K9 howitzers, the training also included Polish-made KRAB 155mm howitzers, WR-40 Langusta and RM-70 rocket launchers, and the M120 Rak self-propelled mortar vehicles.
On August 26, 2022, Poland signed contracts with the South Korean industry to acquire K2 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) and K9 155mm self-propelled howitzers based on tracked chassis. Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak approved the contracts for 180 K2 tanks and 212 K9 SPHs.
The K9 Thunder is a South Korean self-propelled howitzer that entered service in 1999. It is manufactured by Hanwha Defense and is widely regarded as one of the most advanced and capable self-propelled artillery systems in the world.
The K9 Thunder is designed to provide accurate and rapid-fire support to ground troops. It is armed with a 155 mm/52 caliber gun that can fire up to eight rounds per minute, with a maximum range of around 40 kilometers. The K9 Thunder is also equipped with an advanced fire control system, including a ballistic computer, navigation system, and laser rangefinder, which allows it to accurately hit targets at long range.
The K9 Thunder is mounted on a tracked chassis, which provides excellent mobility and allows it to quickly move into position to support ground forces. It can travel at speeds of up to 67 km/h and has a range of around 480 kilometers.
Overall, the K9 Thunder is a highly capable self-propelled howitzer that has been used by a number of countries around the world, including South Korea, India, Norway, and now Poland.