SHAH ALAM: Keeping up with the Joneses…Cougars and K9s. The Australian government today signed an Australian $1 billion (RM3 billion) contract today for the purchase of 30 K9 (AS9 Huntsman) 155mm SPHs and 15 K10 (AS10) ammunition resupply vehicles. T
It is the biggest military contract between Australia and South Korea (as well as Asia). The deal came some nine years after Australia canceled the plan to buy the K9. Apart from the South Korean Army, the Thunder and the ammunition resupply vehicles have been sold to six other countries including India and Turkey. The latest deal makes the SPH one of the best selling one in recent memory.
The Australian deal include local manufacture of the SPH and its resupply vehicles hence its Australian designation AS9 and AS10. This is likely the reason it costs so much.
Meanwhile, Thailand took delivery of four more Airbus H225M helicopters it was announced today. From Airbus:
Thailand takes delivery of four new H225M helicopters
Bangkok, 13 December 2021 – The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has taken delivery of four new H225M multirole utility helicopters.
With these latest deliveries, the RTAF’s fleet totals 12 H225Ms under its fleet modernization programme. These four helicopters will join the air force’s fleet for combat search and rescue, search and rescue flights and troop transport missions.
A combat-proven multi-purpose and versatile asset, the H225M enables military forces to deploy wherever and whenever needed. 125 H225Ms are currently in service across the world, having accumulated more than 150,000 flight hours. The H225M is relied upon by Brazil, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand, and Kuwait to support their most demanding missions
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From the pictures provided by Airbus, it is clear RTAF Cougars are equipped with the DAS system and its associated hardware including flare dispensers.
RTAF originally ordered four H225Ms in 2012, which were received in 2015. It further ordered two more in 2014 and 2016, respectively. The latest four were ordered in 2018 and was expected to be delivered this year.
— Malaysian Defence