It’s slightly off topic, but has Turkey’s operations with UAV caused a change in how SK approaches armoured vehicles in general ?
If the weight of the tank is reduced to make space for autoloader isn’t it counterproductive to have autoloaders ?
The South Korean military is also operating Songgolmae, a Reconnaissance UAV developed from the 1990s to 2004, and South Korea are planning to produce drones developed based on the U.S. military's RQ-7 in 2007. But, unlike other countries, South Korea does not invest much in UAV development.
Really, the internal space of the K1 and K2 tanks diffrent a lot. The K1 tank does not have an autoloader system, so there are many free spaces for flight attendants to move freely in tank. On the other hand, the interior space of the K2 has become very small due to the autoloader system, and Honestly, the space inside the tank is too small for 3 people.
What is more problematic is that the thickness of the K2 turret side and the side armor of the vehicle body is reduced to use the autoloader. This is a problem directly related to the viability of tank crew. The Leclerc, Type 99A2, and Type 10 tanks I mentioned earlier also have this problem. This is why these tanks are the biggest reason for using modular ERA(Explosive Reactive Armor) and NERA(Non-Explosive Reactive Armor)
Currently, the Korean military is also aware that the side armor of the K2 tank is weak, and the K2 PIP(Product Improvement Program), which will be improved later, will add modular ERA and NERA to the turrets and body sides.