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Oman reportedly testing K2 tank

13 November 2018
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The Hyundai Rotem,  a desert-optimised K2 on display at DX Korea in September. (IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong)The Hyundai Rotem, a desert-optimised K2 on display at DX Korea in September. (IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong)Oman has been revealed as the potential customer for the desert-optimised K2 main battle tank that Hyundai Rotem displayed during the DX Korea exhibition held in Seoul in September.

Citing industry sources, South Korea's Pulse news website reported on 12 November that the tank had been tested in Oman in July as part of a bid to sell 76 tanks to the sultanate, a deal that could be worth up to KRW1 trillion (USD882 million). Oman is expected to make a decision regarding the eventual supplier in the second quarter of 2019, it added.

The K2 displayed during DX Korea was fitted with dust covers, a turret shade, and an additional air conditioning system installed on the turret bustle to augment the existing unit in the hull.

Hyundai Rotem said the tank had undergone mobility and firing trials in an undisclosed Middle East country earlier in the year, although it also noted that further modifications would be needed before it fully met the customer's requirements.

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