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Lockheed Martin UK has signed a teaming agreement to join “Team Thunder” led by Hanwha Defense, the latter writes in a press release. The team, which also includes Pearson Engineering, Horstman Defence Systems, Leonardo UK, and Soucy Defense of the Soucy Group, will build an advanced variant of the K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer for the Royal Artillery, as part of the Mobile Fires Platform (MFP) programme for the UK Ministry of Defence (shown is the K9A1).

Team Thunder plans to locally manufacture the K9A2, creating hundreds of new highly-skilled jobs across the UK supply chain. The advanced version will be an upgrade of the existing 155mm/52-calibre K9A1 Self-Propelled Howitzer, as it is to feature improved lethality, mobility
and survivability.