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Finland in talks to buy used S. Korea howitzers

Buying used K9 Thunder armored howitzers gives Finland cost-effective option.

By Geoff Ziezulewicz
Finland is in talks with South Korea to purchase used K9 Thunder 155mm armored howitzers, Finland's Ministry of Defense announced Friday. The K9 Thunders are shown here firing off during an exercise in May. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Dasol Choi
Finland is in talks with South Korea to purchase used K9 Thunder 155mm armored howitzers, Finland's Ministry of Defense announced Friday. The K9 Thunders are shown here firing off during an exercise in May. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Dasol Choi

HELSINKI, Finland, July 5 (UPI) -- Finland is in talks with South Korea to purchase used K9 Thunder 155mm armored howitzers, Finland's Ministry of Defense announced Friday.

Finland's MOD has started negotiations with Korea to procure equipment and artillery systems, the ministry said in a statement.

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The contract would enable the support of operational troops via artillery equipment that features long range and solid mobility on- and off-road, the MOD said.

The K9s would replace artillery that's slated to become obsolete beginning in 2020.

Acquiring the used 155mm vehicle in a good, used condition would ensure a better supply and price on the international market, the MOD said.

The Korean-made, tracked, armored howitzer has a shooting distance of more than 24 miles.

The MOD said full details of any deal were not disclosed due to the ongoing nature of the negotiations.

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