The Republic of Korea is planning to field new XK2 tanks in 2011, gradually replacing the K1 tanks current in service.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 . 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 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 () 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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