1/600 Modern South Korean K2 Black Panther Main Battle Tanks x12
1/600 scale modern South Korean K2 Black Panther Main Battle Tanks x12.
- Contains x12 Tanks
- Highly detailed Tanks including accurate Surface, Wheel & Track detail.
In 1995, the South Korean Agency for Defense Development was given the task of developing a modern armored fighting vehicle based upon South Korean state-of-the-art domestic technologies. It was intended for this development program to further modernize the South Korean army, despite the superior capability of existing K1 and K1A1 designs versus existing North Korean tanks, most of which are aging T-55s and Type 59s. Emphasis upon indigenous technologies would also allow the proposed vehicle to enter the export market without licensing difficulties.
Early design variants included a version with an unmanned turret, which was later scrapped in favor of manned turret designs. It was also planned for the vehicle to be equipped with Rheinmetall’s experimental 140 mm smoothbore gun, though this had to be abandoned when Rheinmetall ceased development upon the rationale that its current weapon, the 120 mm/L55 would be more than adequate to counter prospective armored threats for the foreseeable future. The K2 was subsequently reconfigured for the 120 mm/L55, though it is capable of mounting the 140 mm gun with minimum modifications should the need arise.
When compared to the K1A1 tank, the K2’s main gun reloads quicker and reaches targets faster. Although both are 120 mm, the K2’s barrel is 1.3 m (4.3 ft) longer (6.6 m (22 ft) total length), resulting in a higher muzzle velocity of 1,400 m/s (4,600 ft/s) (compared to 1,140 m/s (3,700 ft/s) for the K1A1) for greater accuracy and armor penetration. Other features include the tank’s ability to cross a 4 m (13 ft)-deep river, a posture control function that can lower its height by 40 cm (16 in), and a laser warning system that turns the turret towards the source of hostile fire almost instantaneously.