South Korea is known to be close to exporting the K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer to Finland.
Military authorities of the two nations plan to carry out a performance test in Finland this week and sign a memorandum of understanding on the export. The two sides are said to be planning to sign a formal pact at the beginning of next year.
The size of export for 48 used K9s and the transfer of maintenance technology is known to be valued at 400 million dollars.
The K9, which has a maximum range of 40 kilometers, is one of South Korea's core weapons. Some 900 of them are deployed in South Korea's northwestern islands bordering the North and elsewhere. The weapons played a key role when North Korea shelled the South's Yeonpyeong Island in the Yellow Sea in 2010 and have been exported to Turkey and Poland.