Hyundai Rotem K2 tank production resumes after 2-year delay
After a two-year delay following transmission issues, Hyundai Rotem is set to resume its K2 tank project.
K2 tank (Picture source: Hyundai Rotem)
On May 27, the company revealed two of its K2 tanks to representatives of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, Defense Agency for Technology and Quality, and Agency for Defense Development near its production facility in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province.
The K2 Black Panther main battle tank evolved from the XK2 programme. This next-generation MBT was developed in South Korea using indigenous technology only. Developed as modern main battle tank that will replace most of the remaining M48 Patton tanks and complement the K1 series of main battle tanks currently fielded by the South Korean military, the K2 Black Panther combines an auto-loaded 55 calibre 120 mm main gun, advanced composite armour along with hard and soft-kill active protection systems.
Hyundai Rotem is expected to provide the South Korean military over 100 tanks by 2021.