South Korea tests upgraded K30 Biho self-propelled air defence system

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The Republic of Korea Armed Forces successfully test-fired an upgraded K30 Biho self-propelled air defence system with the addition of four KP-SAM Shin-Gung Man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS ) on one of its shooting ranges on Thursday, November 16.

The upgraded K30 Biho «Flying Tiger» is a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, has also been equipped with four KP-SAM Shin-Gung Man-portable air-defense systems manufactured by LIG Nex1.

The basic version of K30 Biho is armed with twin 30-mm guns. Cyclic rate of fire for a single gun is 600 rounds per minute. Each gun is provided with 300 rounds of ready to use ammunition. The K30 Biho fires HE-FRAG rounds against air targets. Effective firing range is approximately 3 km. The K30 has a high kill probability against low-flying airborne targets.

The South Korean K30 Biho  self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon was developed to meet the operational requirements of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces for a highly mobile short range air defense system suited to the operational and terrain conditions of the Korean peninsula. It combines an electro-optically guided 30 mm gun system with a surveillance radar system on a K200 chassis.

Photo by Republic of Korea Army
Photo by Republic of Korea Army
Photo by Republic of Korea Army
Photo by Republic of Korea Army

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