Hanwha Defense (Australia) has signed a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia for the supply of its Huntsman AS9 self-propelled artillery system to the Australian Army.
The contract signature was announced on Dec. 13 by Prime Minister of Australia Hon Scott Morrison and President Moon Jae-in at a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra.
This is the first major defense acquisition by Australia from an Asian defense prime contractor.
Also present for the ceremony was President and CEO Son Jae-il of Hanwha Defense, and Managing Director Cho Richard of Hanwha Defense Australia.
“I am enormously proud for Hanwha to be part of such a significant occasion. To see the Korean President side-by-side with the Australian Prime Minister makes the growing depth of the relationship between Australia and Korea clear to me,” CEO Son said.
“The Hanwha team is now highly focused on the seamless delivery of what will be a transformative capability to the Australian Army. We will be working closely with our Australian industry partners to ensure that we deliver on our promise to establish sovereign capability here in Australia,” Cho said.
The vehicles will be manufactured in Australia at a new Hanwha facility to be constructed in the Greater Geelong area of Victoria.
Hanwha has taken a broad and inclusive approach to Australian industry and is intent on delivering a flawless capability to the Australian Defense Force and significant economic benefits and technology transfer to the Australian economy.