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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