According to Jon Grevatt, IHS Jane’s Defence Industry correspondent, South Korean company Hyundai Rotem signed on 29 December a contract to supply an unspecified number of K2 (Black Panther) Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) to the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA).
The company said that the contract – signed with the government’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration – is worth $820 million and features the supply of a first batch of K2 MBTs fitted with indigenously produced engines and transmission systems.
Hyundai Rotem did not reveal the number of tanks covered by the new contract, although IHS Jane’s understands it features the supply of 100 K2 units. Already in production, these tanks are scheduled to be delivered to the RoKA between the latter half of 2015 and December 2017.
The K2 MBT (Black Panther) is a tank based around a brand-new concept with combat efficiency maximized through digital-based ergonomic designs suited for the 21st century technical combat environment. It features dramatically strengthened firepower due to an extended turret gun and new shells. In addition, it features high mobility and maneuverability through a small powerpack and its advanced suspension and navigation system.
The survivability of the K2 MBT has been reinforced with armored plates made of new material and an active protection system, while its 3D battlefield control capability has been enhanced with the Vetronics system and the combat command and control system. Furthermore, the K2 MBT incorporates advanced intellectualization of its various control systems, most notably including its newest fire control system.
Year of Development: 2014
Weight: 55 tonnes
Engine: 1,500 hp/1119 kW, Diesel
Underwater fording: 4.1 m
Attitude Control: Roll/Pitch/Height
BMS connected with the C4I
Main gun: 120 mm (55 Caliber)
Ammo Loading: Automatic
Fire control: Auto Target Detection & Tracking