South Korea presents K1A2 main battle tank MBT at ADEX 2017


South Korean Army presents latest version of its K1 Main Battle Tank (MBT), the K1A2 at ADEX 2017, the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition. The K1A2 is an advanced version of the K1A1 designed and manufactured by the South Korean Defense Company Hyundai Rotem.


South Korea army presents K1A2 main battle tank MBT at ADEX 2017 Seoul South Korea defense exhibition 925 001
South Korean Army K1A2 main battle tank at ADEX 2017, the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (October 2017)


The first prototype of the K1 MBT was competed in 1983, production of the K-1 began in in 1984 and first production vehicles were completed in 1985. The first production batch of 210 vehicles was completed in 1987 with the second batch consisting of 325 vehicles.

In 1996, the now ROTEM completed two prototypes of the K1A1 MBT based on the proven mobility and fire-control system of the earlier M1 MBT. One of the most important new feature of the K1A1 is the installation of a 120 mm M256 smoothbore gun instead of the 105 mm M68A1 rifled gun of the earlier K1.

In 2007, the South Korean army has started the development program to upgrade K1 and K1A1 tanks to improve communication and fire control systems based on the experience of the K2 Black Panther , the latest generation of MBT in service with the South Korean Army. Hyundai Rotem has delivered the first version of the K1A2 in 2014. It is expected that all K1A1 Main Battle Tanks will be upgraded to the K1A2 standard by 2026.

The K1A2 is now fitted with the C4I network-centric battlefield management systems as used on the K2 Black Panther Tank. The tanks is also fitted with an identification friend or foe (IFF) system that fires a Ka band beam for a response from the target.

According to Hyundai Rotem’s , the K1A1 was upgraded with Digital battlefield management systems, IFF equipment, surveillance cameras front and rear. According to our analysis, the K1A2 seems to be equipped with “soft-kill” Active Protection System which is also used on the K2 Black Panther.


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