Egypt outlines K9 howitzer production plan

by Jeremy Binnie

A K9A1 Thunder self-propelled howitzer on display at the EDEX show held in Cairo from 29 November to 2 December 2021. (Hanwha Defense)

Egypt's production of the South Korean K9 self-propelled howitzer is expected to begin in 2023, and will eventually involve 67% of components being produced locally, Mohamed Ahmed Morsi, the country's minister of state for military production told the Al-Ahram newspaper in an interview published on 18 June.

He said the process of equipping the factory and training workers is under way as part of the first phase of an agreement that will last five years.

Egypt hopes to export K9s to Arab and African countries, as well as meet the needs of its own military. “We have already started bilateral negotiations with a number of Arab and African countries that want to get the K9 because the cannon is the latest in the world,” Morsi said.

Egypt and South Korea signed a USD1.65 billion contract during the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) held in Abu Dhabi in February 2021 covering the production of unspecified numbers of the K9A1 EGY version of the howitzer and K10 ammunition vehicle.


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Babcock awarded refit contract for second Vanguard-class SSBN

by Kate Tringham

The overhaul of HMS Victorious will allow the boat to carry out deterrent patrols until the next generation of SSBNs, the Dreadnought class, enters service. (Babcock)

Babcock has been awarded a contract by the UK Submarine Delivery Agency to carry out the non-refuelling deep maintenance and life-extension (LIFEX) programme for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) second Vanguard-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), HMS Victorious.

The full-cost recovery contract, worth an estimated GBP560 million (USD709.9 million), replaces an initial contract awarded in July 2023 to begin preparatory work on the submarine at Babcock's Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth.

Victorious is the second of the RN's four Vanguard-class SSBNs to undergo a LIFEX package at Babcock's Devonport facility. The refits are intended to extend the service life of the submarines until the replacement Dreadnought-class SSBNs start entering service from the early 2030s.

According to Babcock, the programme of work on Victorious


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Saab begins construction of Carl-Gustaf manufacturing facility in India

by Kapil Kajal

The Carl-Gustaf M4 – pictured above – can be fired from the shoulder from the prone position with the soldier's body at an angle of at least 45° to the axis of the bore, or from a mount on an armoured personnel carrier. A heavy‐duty, detachable bipod is used when firing from the prone position. (ECDI)

Swedish defence company Saab has started the construction of a new Carl-Gustaf manufacturing facility in India, Saab said on 4 March.

Saab is building the new facility in Jhajjar, in India's northern state of Haryana, approximately 80 km from New Delhi, the company said.

The new facility – operated by Saab subsidiary company Saab FFVO India – will deploy technologies such as the sighting technology and carbon fibre winding to manufacture Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifles for the Indian Armed Forces as well as components for users of the system around the world, Saab added.

Görgen Johansson, senior vice-president and head of Saab's business area dynamics, told Janes


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China increases 2024 defence budget by 7.2%

by Jon Grevatt & Andrew MacDonald

Janes Defence Budgets forecasts that real annual growth rates in China's total military expenditure, which includes the official defence budget, will fall below 4% before the end of the decade. (Janes)

The Chinese government has proposed a defence budget of CNY1.67 trillion (USD232 billion) for 2024, official state media has reported. The new expenditure represents a nominal year-on-year increase of 7.2%, the same rate of growth announced in 2023.

The new defence budget was submitted to the national legislature on 5 March and distributed to lawmakers at the opening of the second session of the 14th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

State media said the proposed expenditure, if approved, would maintain single-digit growth in China's defence budget for the ninth consecutive year since 2016. China's official defence budget in 2023 was CNY1.55 trillion and in 2022 it was CNY1.45 trillion, a year-on-year increase of 7.1%. In 2021 the budget announced by Beijing was CNY1.35 trillion, an increase of 6.8%.

A spokesperson for the second session of the 14th NPC was quoted by the China Daily


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