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According to Ji Da-gyum in The Korea Herald picked up by Asia News Network, a South Korean official said the government has not yet officially started export procedures, but the military is examining whether it is capable of provide the 155 mm artillery shells required for the Canadian Artillery.
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Canadian gunners firing M177 155mm howitzers (Image source: Canadian Army)

The South Korean government has considered exporting 155mm artillery shells to Canada in a bid to help the country replenish its depleted arms stockpiles sent to Ukraine. Indeed, reports Ji Da-gyum, Canada recently asked if South Korea was in a position to export 100,000 pieces of 155mm artillery rounds through diplomatic channels, a senior South Korean Ministry of Defense official confirmed. Defense at the Korea Herald on May 30. A Korean official said the government has not yet officially started the procedures to proceed with the export. But the army has been examining whether it is capable of supplying the artillery shells in light of its stockpiles of weapons and its state of readiness.

Since February, the Canadian government has provided a number of M777 howitzers and its 155 mm shells to the Ukrainian army. Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand on May 24 announced the country’s plan to donate 20,000 NATO-standard 155mm artillery shells to support Ukraine’s defense against invasion. Russian. But the purchase of ammunition worth 98 million Canadian dollars ($77 million) from the United States suggests the depletion of their arms stocks.

155 mm artillery shells are produced by the South Korean company Poongsan Corp. South Korean broadcaster SBS reported on May 29 that the military is considering sending its ammunition stockpiles to Poongsan Corp. so that the company could supply the artillery shells to Canada without additional production, at a lower price than normal. The company will be paid for by the Canadian government and will additionally produce 100,000 artillery shells for the South Korean military, according to the report, citing a senior Defense Ministry official. Seoul’s plan is to support both Canada and Ukraine by supplying the ammunition at lower cost, the report added.

Ji Da-gyum recalls that in April, Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexei Reznikoff asked his South Korean counterpart Suh Wook to provide anti-aircraft weapon systems. In the same month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asked for arms help during a virtual speech to South Korean lawmakers. If the South Korean government decided to provide 100,000 155 mm caliber shells, it would have indirectly joined in the international community’s move to provide Ukraine with arms assistance for the first time against Russia.

South Korea’s military delivered about 3 billion won ($2.4 million) worth of non-lethal military items including helmets, body armor and combat rations to Ukraine twice. Deputy Defense Minister Shin Beom-chul pledged to seek ways to step up support for Ukraine during a second virtual meeting of the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group hosted by the US Secretary of State. Defense Lloyd Austin on May 23, reports Ji Da-gyum.

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The 155mm artillery shells requested by Canada can be produced by the South Korean company Poongsan Corp which also supplies the K9 self-propelled howitzers to the South Korean army (Image source: South Korean MoD)

Canadian Artillery M177 Howitzer

The M777 The 155mm Light Towed Howitzer is lighter and smaller, but more powerful than any gun of its type. The M777 weighs 9,200 pounds compared to the M109 self-propelled howitzer at 49,940 pounds, making it highly mobile and easily transportable by C-130 Hercules, helicopter, or truck weighing at least 2.5 tons.

It can be equipped with a digital fire control system and loaded with precision-guided munitions that use location data from Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites and an inertial navigation unit to precisely steer to the target. . This gives artillery the ability to destroy targets with increased accuracy, resulting in less collateral damage. The M777 can also be combined with the new Excalibur GPS-guided munitions, which allow accurate firing up to 30 km.

The M777 provides close and deep fire support without sacrificing range, stability, accuracy or durability. It is equipped with a highly advanced digital gun management system that allows the crew to destroy targets very accurately at all ranges.

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Canadian gunners firing M177 155mm howitzers in Afghanistan (Image source: Canadian Army)

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