April 03, 2012 12:48
The Defense Ministry has now decided to import the power pack for the homegrown K-2 battle tank since the problems with the Korean-made engine and gearbox are unlikely to be solved any time soon.
The decision to buy German-made power packs for the initial batch of 100 tanks was approved at a meeting chaired by Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said on Monday.
A DAPA official said, "The tests revealed big technical improvements in the Korean-made power pack from a year ago, but after a comprehensive review of their performance during the winter drill and endurance testing, we found that we can't have enough confidence in its durability to install it in the initial batch."
The agency added the plans to use Korean-made power packs have not been scrapped altogether, and once the problems are solved it will be used in the second batch.
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