Republic of Korea is planning to field new XK2 tanks in 2011,
gradually replacing the K1 tanks current in service. ADD is
one of two finalists competing for a Turkish main battle tank
acquisition tender, where it is competing against a version
of the French Leclerc tank offered by GIAT. Given traditionally
stressed relations between Turkey and France, Korea's chances
to win the program are considerably high. Turkey plans to select
one of its domestic companies to lead the next-generation tank
project in the spring of 2007. According to ADD officials, as
the tank enters production in 2009, it is expected to cost about
8.3 billion won (US$7.9 million) a piece.
The new Korean
tank was unveiled by the Korean Agency for Defense Development
(ADD) last week. The development of the new tank began in 1995.
About 240 billion won ($230 million) have been invested in the
program so far. The 55-tons tank is armed with a smoothbore
120mm 52 caliber gun, and an autoloader. It has a road speed
of 70 km/h and can cross water obstacles up to 4.1 meter in
depth. The tank is equipped with advanced optroncis, communications
and command and control systems.
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