Tank with advanced technology: South Korea intends to modernize the local version of the Abrams MBT

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Tank with advanced technology: South Korea intends to modernize the local version of the Abrams MBT

South Korea's Ministry of Defense unveils modernization plans tank K1A1 – predecessor of the K2 MBT. The old car will receive a number of innovations implemented in the Black Panther product.

The K1, equipped with a 105 mm cannon (K1A1 version has a 120 mm gun), was developed in the early 1980s and entered service in 1987. It is a local variant of the American M1 Abrams tank. Part of the K1 and K1E1 fleet is planned to be upgraded to the K1E2 level. The MBT improvement program is expected to begin in two years.



The tanks will receive an improved main gunner's sight, a new auxiliary power unit and a system for protecting against overpressure [created by a nuclear explosion]. In fact, the K1E2 project can be seen as an integration of Black Panther technology with an older vehicle.



Also stated is the intention to upgrade the K1 to the level of the K1A3 and K1E3. In the course of making improvements, it is planned to install a new South Korean active protection complex and a remotely controlled weapon system [machine gun mount].

However, adding additional equipment to the turret will weaken its structure, not to mention the problem of the cost of the combat vehicle

- Western observers believe.

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  1. -1
    26 February 2024 15: 33
    This tank was already one of the most expensive in the world, after modernization it will cost the same price as the shuttle! Although the features of this tank are far from bad. A mixture of Abramsk and Black Panther will have a astronomical price, but the car should not be bad. Although, as recent wars have shown, even tanks are not protected from drones.
    1. 0
      26 February 2024 15: 41
      Quote: Vugigugi
      This tank was already one of the most expensive in the world

      You are confused. The K1 was not one of the most expensive tanks in the world, especially now. In price it was much inferior to the Leclercs and was even cheaper than the Abrams, of which it was a modification, thanks to the replacement of the gas turbine engine with a diesel engine
      1. -4
        26 February 2024 15: 50
        this is how the Ukrainian gets the trophy Abrams - we'll do it upgrade to the envy of everyone
        Let's hang in a circular spaced spaced DZ Relikt + DZ Frame + anti-cumulative grilles
        on the NLD and on the bald roof of the Abrams tower built-in and spaced apart DZ Relict
        + KAZ Arena-M with upper hemisphere protection
        + KAZ Afghanit with horizontal protection
        + EW Breakwater protection against drones
        + We will replace the 120 mm gun with a smoothbore 152 mm 2A83 + AZ
  2. +3
    26 February 2024 18: 28
    You can't make candy out of shit, no matter how hard you try. laughing
    1. 0
      27 February 2024 11: 46
      if you install our body kit (see above) you will get a sane car
  3. 0
    27 February 2024 19: 19
    A very expensive tank can turn into a super expensive one. They know how to steal money.
  4. 0
    28 February 2024 14: 41
    Quote: Victor Sergeev
    A very expensive tank can turn into a super expensive one. They know how to steal money.

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