Developed with our own technology, the K9 Thunder is the world’s most advanced self-propelled howitzer. The K9 boasts excellent performance with a long shooting range for fire combat and a fast firing speed for real-time, quick-focused fire power. It is a unit capable of quick displacement after shooting, and has excellent maneuverability and survivability. In addition, we have developed customized self-propelled howitzer that meets the requirements of various countries as well as NATO standards. Its operational capability is excellent in a range of environments, from deserts to snowy fields, and it is being exported to overseas countries.
K9 Thunder can fire its first round within 30 seconds from the moment it first receives firing information from the Fire Direction Center (FDC) while in emplaced situation. While moving, it can fire after 60 seconds. After firing, K9 Thunder can quickly move away from its last position in anticipation of the enemy’s counter fire, before firing its next shot.
Compatible with NATO 155mm standard ammunitions with 23L combustion chamber volume conforming to JBMoU.
The K9 is capable of firing a burst rate of 3 rounds in less than 15 seconds and a maximum rate of fire of 6 to 8 rounds
in a minute for three minutes. Sustained rate of fire is from 2 to 3 rounds a minute for one hour.
1,000hp diesel engine provides K9 Thunder with the capability to maneuver and
traverse across diverse environments and terrains.
K9 Thunder protects the internal crew and onboard equipment against 155mm shell fragments,
14.5mm armor piercing shells and anti-personnel mines.
In NBC warfare situations, survivability is guaranteed with the on-board air purification system and gas masks for the crew.
The K9A1 is a variant of the K9 self-propelled howitzer but improved to operate automatic fire control units better at night. Additional improvements have been made to the driver night vision periscopes and auxiliary power units. The K9A1 self-propelled howitzer boasts a long shooting range, high velocity firing, and quick day/night displacement for firing support and direct engagement. It also has excellent maneuverability and ability to concentrate its firepower on select targets.
|Automatic fire control
|Operating system improvements: Text-based DOS system to Graphical Windows system, digital map and electronic manual, and more.
Interoperability and expandability: Interoperate with the electronic time data loader and enable extended range ammunition firing
|Positioning device||Added Inertial Navigation System (INS) + GPS System|
|Pilot night periscope||Improved night-time periscope: using Uncooled thermal type method instead of Stray light amplification method|
|Auxiliary power unit||8 kW or higher engine|
|Rear View Display||Rearview display when moving in reverse|
|Maximum Range||40 km|
|Maximum Rate of Fire||6~8 rounds per minute|
|Ammunition Capacity||48 rounds|
|Combat Weight||47 tons|
K9 Thunder Self-propelled Howitzer is the world's top performance self-propelled howitzer developed with domestic technology and has achieved the first overseas exporting of a domestic weapons system.