According to Belgian “Army Recognition” magazine citing the Pulse News website, Oman looks to acquire K2 main battle tanks from South Korea.
South Korean Defense Company Hyundai Rotem Co. could sell 76 K2 Black Panther Main Battle Tanks to Oman, a deal that could reach an amount up to $884.6 million.
The K2 Black Panther is the South Korean main battle tank that will replace most of the remaining M48 Patton tanks and complement the K1 series of main battle tanks currently fielded by the Republic of Korea. Mass production commenced in 2013 and the first K2s were deployed with the armed forces in June 2014.
The K2 MBT is a tank based around a brand-new concept with combat efficiency maximized through digital-based ergonomic designs suited for the 21st-century technical combat environment. It features dramatically strengthened firepower due to an extended turret gun and new shells. Plus, it features high mobility and maneuverability through a small powerpack and its advanced suspension and navigation system.
The survivability of the K2 MBT has been reinforced with armored plates made of new material and an active protection system, while its 3D battlefield control capability has been enhanced with the Vetronics system and the combat command and control system.
Furthermore, the K2 MBT incorporates advanced intellectualization of its various control systems, most notably including its newest fire control system.
Previously Hyundai Rotem managers stated that the K2 MBT has been already tested in desert conditions, and some countries in the Middle East have shown interest to purchase the tank.
Also, according to the Diplomat newspaper website, South Korea will total produce 206 K2 Black Panther main battle tanks for the Republic of Korea army.