Aussie Huntsman to use Norwegian fire control

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has signed a contract worth AU$67million with Hanwha Defense Australia following a recent announcement by the Australian government to procure ‘Huntsman’ self-propelled howitzers and ammunition resupply vehicles.

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

The contract was signed in December 2021 and reported on Kongsberg’s Q4 release in February.

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, a subsidiary of Kongsberg, is Norway’s premier supplier of defence and aerospace-related systems and solutions.

Over the years, Hanwha Defense and Kongsberg have built a close collaboration on vehicle digitisation and integration of command, control, communication and information systems in Hanwha’s artillery vehicles.

Kongsberg markets this solution under the product name CORTEX.

The solution that will be delivered to Australia has been developed in close collaboration with the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency and the Norwegian artillery community and is in operational use in Norway today.

Variants of the CORTEX solution are also used on other Norwegian platforms and form the base of cooperation between Kongsberg and Norwegian and international industry.

Through this program, Kongsberg will deliver both CORTEX ICS (integrated combat solution) and Odin Fire Control System to the Australian Army.

The program involves a significant further development of the Norwegian VIDAR solution for K9 artillery, and it will generate both work in Norway and training at Kongsberg Defence Australia.

Chief of Land Systems Division, Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency, Brigadier Øyvind Kvalvik said it was great to see a product like CORTEX being chosen by other nations.

“The product is a result of good cooperation and development between Norwegian defence sector and Kongsberg, and it’s an example of successful development of user-customized technology with important functionality and high reliability,” Brigadier Kvalvik said.

“A solution used by multiple actors provides a cost-effective solution for further development of the technology.”

Executive Vice President, Kongsberg, Kjetil R. Myhra said Kongsberg had made a significant investment in digitisation solutions for future combat platforms.

“This contract shows the importance of close cooperation with the Norwegian user communities and, at the same time, demonstrate that the solution we develop in Norway is world-leading,” Mr Myhra said.

“Agreements like this are important for Norwegian industry and it also provide great added value for the Norwegian Armed Forces, and support our investments in Australia.”





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6 thoughts on “Aussie Huntsman to use Norwegian fire control

  • 21/03/2022 at 10:59 am

    What a waste of time, money and people.
    These things will be used as much as our old Abram Tanks, not at all!
    We don’t do Continental Defence.
    We follow the Yanks around the World killing little brown people and Goat herders in their own countries using grunts and the RAAF.
    These things are KOALAS Not to be exported or shot at!

    • 21/03/2022 at 3:50 pm

      History shows the world Michael, that if a country is weak, takes it’s eye of the ball or doesn’t stay ready and willing. It will taken over!
      Your comment shows your lack of knowledge and malaise which if those conditions/sentiments become predominant in our population, Australia WILL inevitably cease being one of best countries in the world and become someone else’s country. Which country do you choose?

      • 22/03/2022 at 1:16 am

        i have to agree. When planes were first produced ppl said they are a waste of time and money. The same with tanks in fact this was the case right up till WW2 when the Germans used them to great success and the world changed their mind and it was a mad race to catch up.

        You dont prepare for war after you go to war. Will these ever get used proberly not but always better to have an up to date military then one that is left behind.

      • 22/03/2022 at 9:45 am

        G’day Steve.
        Not surprised you missed the mark with your ”lack of knowledge and malaise” comment by a mile, safely ensconced, pontificating behind your keyboard.
        Why not enlighten us with WHERE and WHO you expect Duttons toys to be used against?
        If you do manage WHERE and WHO, could you also try HOW the toys get more than 200k’s from their barracks?
        Are you still nightmaring about Yellow Hordes coming after our Womenfolk? Won’t happen.
        If it takes the ADF a week to get 2 choppers to Lismore for an hour a day each, Logistics aren’t its strong point.
        I look forward to SOME specifics to your argument.

        • 22/03/2022 at 9:37 pm

          Where: Wherever they are needed.
          Who: Against whomever/whatever they are needed.
          I am not a future teller but do know that, preparation prevents poor performance! You seem educated so I would have expected you to know that too.
          How? I am not familiar with the helicopters/Lismore aid goings on. Therefore am unable to comment. But possibly you might look into the legal and bureaucratic procedures involved in military aid to State Governments. Hopefully you might identify some flaws/bottlenecks to be rectified.
          The purpose of having a strong military is so a country does NOT have to use it. Do you think Russia would have invaded Ukraine if they didn’t think they would win or have some cost/benefit. Whether Putin’s intelligence was right or not is another issue.
          As to your insults, I have no qualms, other than to point out, people often do that to distract. But thank you for your further thoughts and reply.

          • 23/03/2022 at 12:31 pm

            G’day Steve, Thanks for replying to me.
            I have to say your reasons for WHO and WHY sound like a Virgin getting his yearly condom renewal in hope that one day something MIGHT happen.
            Our last lot of prophylactic armour has worn out from decades of masturbatory exercising to no avail because it’s NEVER going to happen.
            Now we’re buying new ones to do the same thing again. Our heavy armoured units are already KOALAS and should now become extinct.
            I agree that a country should have a strong Military and be suited for purpose, and like you, I’m all about preparation, and Dutton’s toys have nothing to do with it.

            I will also address a point you raised.
            ”The purpose of having a strong military is so a country does NOT have to use it.”
            So tell that to the Yanks and our Government as we kill our way around the World for the last fifty years, because that would seem to cancel your own argument.

            I do have unpopular views regarding Russia’s invasion, but I’ll stick to complaining about forcing us to pay protection money to our American ‘ally’, for their useless outdated crap for no use or purpose.



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