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Arms agency keeps battle tank contract with Hyundai Rotem

Defense 10:59 November 22, 2018

SEOUL, Nov. 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's state arms agency said Thursday it has decided to give Hyundai Rotem, a local defense firm, more time to supply K2 main battle tanks.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) initially signed a deal with the company on the second-batch delivery of the equipment in stages from Dec. 30, 2016, through Nov. 30, 2019.

But mass production came to a halt as the tank's powerpack using a locally developed engine failed in a test operation.

DAPA said it has inked a revision contract with the firm to allow it to supply more than 100 K2s between June 30, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2021.

The new version of the tanks will be equipped with a German transmission system.

An undated file photo of a K2 main battle tank's firing test (Yonhap)

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