South Korea on Thursday endorsed a mass manufacturing plan for added K2 Black Panther foremost battle tanks to bolster the army’s readiness towards enemy threats. The Yonhap Information Company reported that the South Korean Protection Challenge Promotion Committee permitted the 1.94 trillion-won (US$1.46 billion) venture set to run over the following 5 years, in accordance with the Protection Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). By buying further K2 tanks via this venture, DAPA count on them to enormously contribute to enhancing the maneuver corps’ capabilities to hold out offensive maneuver warfare.

It didn’t specify the variety of tanks to be constructed beneath the venture, which marks the fourth spherical of the mass manufacturing of the tanks. For the venture, the federal government is looking for to introduce a homegrown transmission for the tank, though it could have to cross evaluations by the Protection Company for Expertise and High quality. The third mass-produced K2, which started in 2022, included an improved Battlefield Administration System (BMS) with the Korean Variable Message Format (KVMF), and the Korean Commander’s Panoramic Sight (KCPS) and Korean Gunner’s Major Sight (KGPS) with improved decision and daytime automated goal monitoring perform.

Republic of Korea Military K2 Black Panther Most important battle tanks. (Photograph by RKA)

The K2 Black Panther is a South Korean foremost battle tank designed by the Company for Protection Growth and manufactured by Hyundai Rotem. The tank’s design started within the Nineteen Nineties to fulfill the strategic necessities of the Republic of Korea Military. Mass manufacturing commenced in 2013, and the primary K2s had been deployed with the South Korean armed forces in July 2014. The K2 established its first export buyer in Turkey. On 13 June 2022 the Polish Ministry of Defence introduced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to buy not less than 180 K2 tanks for the Polish army.

The Black Panther is armed with a chrome plated CN08 120 mm 55 caliber smoothbore gun developed by the ADD and WIA (now Hyundai WIA), and is able to hitting a 30 cm (12 in) measurement object at vary larger than 1 km (0.62 mi). Secondary weapons embody a 12.7 mm K6 Heavy Machine Gun and a 7.62 mm M60E2-1 coaxial machine gun. The set off pull of coaxial machine gun is modified from 3 kg (6.6 lb) to 4 kg (8.8 lb) for smoother perform. The K2 makes use of modular armor system with a view to exchange interior materials a lot faster when its broken or every time enhanced model is on the market.