Kongsberg Defence Systems and Hanwha Land Systems have signed a contract to deliver the integrated combat solution (ICS) for military vehicles to the Finnish Defence Forces' K9 artillery.
The ICS will be installed on Finland’s K9 Thunder 155mm self-propelled howitzers, which are being acquired from South Korea to replace the existing artillery.
Earlier this year, Finland Defence Minister Jussi Niinistö signed a $155m contract with the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) to acquire 48 former K9 howitzers.
Kongsberg Defence Systems president Eirik Lie said: "We are very proud to be selected as systems integrator and partner for this modern network-based solution for vehicles.
“The Integrated Combat Solution from Kongsberg fits very well into the digitisation of land forces and further development the army's combat systems.”
The modern vehicle electronic digital system, ICS, is compliant to DEF. Standard 23-09, Kongsberg stated.
It uses data distribution service (DDS) that provides users with an open architecture and brings ‘plug-and-play’ into the vehicle.
The open architecture of the digitisation solution facilitates integration and removal of sensors, weapons, communication networks and security systems for the next-generation military vehicles.
The K9 Thunder was developed by Samsung Techwin for the Republic of Korea Armed Forces.
Built on a high-mobility platform, the howitzer is capable of providing effective fire support for a variety of combat scenarios.
Hanwha Land Systems develops ground weapons systems and plays a key role in improving the combat power of the Korean Armed Forces.
Image: ICS is a common sensor, weapons, C2 and vehicle independent solution for any type of vehicle. Photo: courtesy of Kongsberg Gruppen.