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Hyundai Rotem to produce more K2 tanks for ROK Armed Forces

By Defence Industry Europe

The South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has approved the production plan for the fourth batch of K2 Black Panther main battle tanks intended for the ROK Armed Forces.

Tank deliveries will be made between 2024 and 2028. DAPA has not disclosed the exact number of K2 Black Panther tanks included in the fourth production batch. No details regarding the tank configurations have been provided either. However, South Korean media reports suggest that the fourth production batch covers 150 K2 Black Panther tanks.



Thus far, the South Korean company Hyundai Rotem, the manufacturer of the K2 Black Panther, has delivered around 225 tanks out of the 260 contracted so far to the ROK Armed Forces.

In the future, DAPA is expected to order additional batches of tanks. According to South Korean media, the ROK Armed Forces could eventually acquire up to 600 K2 Black Panther tanks.



Hyundai Rotem, the South Korean manufacturer of the K2 Black Panther tanks, is also active in the European defence market. In 2022, Poland signed a contract to purchase 180 K2 Black Panther tanks for USD 3.37 billion. As previously reported by Defence Industry Europe, Poland has already received 22 tanks to date.

The Polish Ministry of National Defence also plans to order an additional 820 K2PL tanks. According to the ministry’s announcement, these tanks will be produced by a Polish-South Korean armaments consortium formed by the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) and Hyundai Rotem.

Recently, the K2 Black Panther tank was also offered to the Norwegian armed forces. However, following a series of tests and an evaluation of industrial cooperation offers, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence selected the Leopard 2A7 tank offered by the German defence company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann.

 

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