Land Platforms

Second batch of South Korea’s K2 MBTs to be equipped with foreign transmission system

15 February 2018

The second batch of 100 Hyundai Rotem K2 (Black Panther) main battle tanks (MBTs) on order for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) will feature a locally developed engine and a foreign-made transmission system, South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 7 February.

Unlike the first batch of K2s, which is fitted with German-built engines and transmission systems, the second batch of MBTs was initially meant to be fitted with an indigenous powerpack, but DAPA pointed out in a statement that the locally designed transmission system had “failed to meet the national defence standards”.

“As a result the defence committee has decided that the powerpack for the second series-production of the K2 tanks will be composed of a domestic engine and a foreign transmission,” said DAPA, adding that the second batch of K2s will be handed over to the RoKA between 2019 and 2020.

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