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Hanwha Group’s defence division has presented its upgraded K9 Vajra Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) to the Indian Army, showcasing a host of new features and advancements. The South Korean company claims that the upgraded variant, known as the K9A2, is a game-changer in the field of artillery, providing novel opportunities for artillery deployment and enabling rapid shoot-and-scoot operations to enhance survivability and extend battlefield coverage.

One of the key enhancements in the K9A2 SPH is the introduction of a full-automatic turret. This advanced turret system can handle ammunition feeding, loading, and propellant charge 100% automatically. With this feature, the K9A2 is capable of firing up to 10 rounds per minute, significantly improving its rate of fire and overall operational efficiency.

Another notable addition to the K9A2 is the implementation of Composite Rubber Tracks (CRT). This innovative track system combines the advantages of wheels and traditional steel tracks, offering enhanced mobility in various terrains. The CRT technology provides several benefits, including a weight reduction of up to 50% compared to steel tracks. This weight reduction contributes to improved vehicle performance, increased top speed, reduced noise and vibrations, and lower fuel consumption. The K9A2’s CRT system ensures greater manoeuvrability and agility during critical operations, enabling the SPH to swiftly respond to changing battlefield requirements.

Indian Army already is planning to order 100 more K9 Vajra with Winter Kit for High Altitude regions and also has plans to procure 100 more for the Western front with improved capabilities.

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