S Korea May Clinch Australian Self-Propelled Guns Deal

4 August 2009 (Last Updated August 4th, 2009 18:30)

South Korean firm Samsung Techwin, in partnership with US company Raytheon, is expecting to clinch a AU$450m deal to provide the Australian Army with 18 155mm self-propelled artillery systems. The company expects to clinch the deal after a consortium led by a German firm Krauss-Maffei W

South Korean firm Samsung Techwin, in partnership with US company Raytheon, is expecting to clinch a AU$450m deal to provide the Australian Army with 18 155mm self-propelled artillery systems.

The company expects to clinch the deal after a consortium led by a German firm Krauss-Maffei Wegmann failed to participate in final tender negotiations with the Australian Government.

The German firm, in association with BAE Systems Australia, was seeking to supply its PZH-2000 guns.

The Samsung-Raytheon team is offering a modified version of the K-9 weapon.

The K-9, an indigenous all-welded steel armour construction rated to withstand impact by 14.5mm armour piercing shells, has been developed jointly with the state-funded Agency for Defence Development.

The self-propelled artillery system carries a 155mm/52 calibre gun with a maximum firing range of 40km and includes a 1,000-horsepower engine and a hydropneumatic suspension unit.

The government is expected to announce a final bidder as early as September, an official of the Defence Acquisition Programme Administration said.