Estonia’s planned purchase of six K-9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers from South Korea has been delayed with the country’s defence minister cancelling his visit to Seoul over novel Coronavirus fears, reports local media.

Estonian Minister of Defense, Jüri Luik, was to visit Seoul last month.

“I don’t believe the virus situation would affect Estonia’s plan to buy them, but related procedures could be postponed,” a source was quoted as saying.

As of Monday, South Korea had 8,200 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, including 75 deaths.

The K-9 is a South Korean self-propelled 155 mm howitzer designed and developed by the Agency for Defense Development and Samsung Aerospace Industries for the Republic of Korea Armed Forces, and is now manufactured by Hanwha Defense.

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