Hanwha tendered to build Aussie self-propelled howitzers

A Request for Tender will shortly be released to preferred supplier Hanwha Defence Australia to build and maintain 30 self-propelled howitzers and 15 armoured ammunition resupply vehicles and their supporting systems.

FILE PHOTO: Hanwha K9 Thunder – possibly called Huntsman in Australia. Photo courtesy Hanwha.

The build was a contentious 2019 Morrison Government election commitment, which is expected to create up to 350 jobs.

The tender will be issued under the LAND 8116 Phase 2 Protected Mobile Fires project.

Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said issuing the Request for Tender marked a key step in progressing the project.

“Through this project, the government is delivering the capability Army needs while creating local jobs in and around Geelong, Victoria, that will grow Australia’s highly skilled workforce,” Minister Reynolds said.

“This comes at an important time as Victoria deals with its latest outbreak of COVID-19.

“The acquisition of this capability will provide the ADF with mobility, lethality and protection required to support joint force operations in the land domain.

“The self-propelled howitzers will be built in the Geelong region, with ongoing deep maintenance conducted in the same Australian facility to support the systems throughout their service life.

“The Request for Tender will progress this first phase of the Protected Mobile Fires capability.

“Together with subsequent phases announced in the 2020 Force Structure Plan, it will ensure a long-term future for industry’s involvement in the delivery of this critical capability for the ADF.”

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said this project built on Australia’s efforts to strengthen its Defence-industry capability, and represented a program of continuous investment well into the next decade in the Geelong region.

“This project is expected to create up to 350 jobs to build and maintain the new vehicles,” Minister Price said.

“It will also provide significant opportunities in other areas such as transport and warehousing, as well as component manufacture and repair.”

LAND 8116 Phase 2, announced in the 2020 Force Structure Plan, is anticipated to commence in the late 2020s, delivering additional Protected Mobile Fires capability, and LAND 8116 Phase 3 is anticipated to commence in the mid-2030s, delivering a mid-life upgrade that will provide an opportunity to incorporate emerging technologies.

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5 thoughts on “Hanwha tendered to build Aussie self-propelled howitzers

  • 07/09/2020 at 8:57 am
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    Putting the rat in charge of the cheese factory!!!

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  • 06/09/2020 at 4:06 pm
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    Will they be RAA or RAAC?

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    • 07/09/2020 at 11:07 am
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      good question, they are not a Tank as such, so could well go either way, but i would suspect be RAA, vehicle looks very similar to the German vehicles from late WW2? but this is a step in the right direction

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  • 06/09/2020 at 9:43 am
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    We have been here before, I worked in the industry last time the government wanted self propelled howitzers. After private industry spent a fortune preparing tender responses they just pulled the plug and said not now then walked away. The South Koreans were furious and the word was that someone in the commonwealth said companies should not even think of demanding compensation.
    These would be those nasty profit mongering international arms companies trying to fleece the tax payer and the military.

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    • 06/09/2020 at 10:43 am
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      Why involve Asian Countries with our Defense Systems ? Surley Australia Is Smart Enough To Do This Ourselves ,
      SWISS Army Have A Very Efficient Proven Self Propelled Artillery Gun

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