News K2NO, a Norwegian variant of the K2 tank, has arrived in Norway

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A K2NO developed by Hyundai Rotem of Korea to export to Norway has arrived in Norway to undergo a cold weather test. The K2NO is an improved tank based on the K2 Black Panther tank that meets the requirements of the Norwegian military. "NO" means Norway. According to the ship tracking site Marine Traffic, K2NO arrived at the port of the eastern Norwegian industrial city of Drammen on the 29th of last month on the vehicle carrier ship Platinum Ray.

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Norwegian K2NO

In November 2020, Norwegian Minister of Defense Frank Bakke-Jensen has presented Norwegian defense plans for the renewal of the country’s MBTs. According to these plans, Norway intends to field the new tanks from 2025.

So far, it has already selected two possible contenders, after having evaluated up to nine options, the last of which were to acquire new platforms or upgrade the current fleet of Leopard 2A4 tanks currently operated by the Norwegian army. Norway purchased 52 Leopard 2 A4 MBTs from the Netherlands in 2001 and adapted them to Norwegian requirements, with 36 currently active.


K2NO has arrived in Drammen, Norway's eastern city

Norway has rejected the option to upgrade its fleet of Leopard 2A4 Finally and has opted for the acquisition of a new main battle tank. Two candidates are shortlisted: the South Korean K-2 Black Panther tank and the German Leopard 2A7V . Norway plans to acquire 200 MBTs and the winner could be selected in 2025. The performance test of K2NO will be conducted for about a month in a city in eastern Germany.

According to technical features published by the South Korean company Hyundai Rotem, the K2NO will be based on the original South Korean K2 MBT but modified according to specific requirements of the Norwegian armed forces. The K2NO has a crew of three including a commander, gunner, and driver. The tank has a combat weight of 61.5 tons with a length of 10.8 m, a width of 3.6 m, and a height of 2.4 m.

The K2NO seems to keep the design of the K2 MBT but combat weight was 61.5 tons, up 6.5 tons from K2 and fitted with a new turret fitted with additional active protection armor as well as the Israeli APS (Active Protection System) with radar antennas mounted on each side at the front of the turret. The trophy is a military active protection system (APS) designed by the Israeli company Rafael to protect combat vehicles from ATGMs (Anti-Tank Guided Missile), RPGs (Rocket Propelled Grenades, anti-tank rockets, and tank HEAT (High-explosive Anti-Tank) rounds.

The K2NO is armed with a CN08 120 mm 55 caliber smoothbore gun indigenously developed by Agency for Defense Development and Hyundai Wia. The 120mm gun can fire about 10 rounds per minute. A total of 16 rounds are stored in the autoloader and 24 rounds are stored inside the hull. The top of the turret is fitted with a remotely operated weapon station from the Norwegian company Kongsberg which is armed with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun.

The K2 is motorized with an MTU MT-883 Ka-501 4-cycle, 12-cylinder water-cooled diesel engine developing 1,500 hp. coupled to an automatic transmission. The tank can reach a maximum road speed of 65 km/h and 50 km/h in off-road conditions with a maximum cruising range of 450 km. The suspension on each side consists of six dual rubber-tired road wheels, track-return rollers with the drive sprocket at the rear, and idler at the front.



 
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Sk military industry is really impressive, already exported submarine, warship, tank, sph, other armored vehicle, trainer plane (propeller and jet/LIFT), missiles etc.

New player(compared to europe, us, russia) that is impressive.
 

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this tank has sophisticated isareli anti atgm countermeassures for sure
In fact, when developing K2, South Korea developed a hard-kill active protection system called KAPS. However, the currently produced K2 tank includes Soft-Kill APS, but Hard-Kill APS is excluded.

The main reason why KAPS was excluded from the K2 tank was that if the APS was installed, the price of the tank rose more than 10%, and the explosive power was too strong, causing friendly infantry to be injured around the tank, so the mass production stage excluded Hard-Kill APS. In K2-PIP, an improved version of K2, Hard-Kill APS will be added. The biggest reason why KAPS is more expensive than Israeli Trophy or Russian Arena and cannot be used due to infantry safety issues
 

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In fact, when developing K2, South Korea developed a hard-kill active protection system called KAPS. However, the currently produced K2 tank includes Soft-Kill APS, but Hard-Kill APS is excluded.

The main reason why KAPS was excluded from the K2 tank was that if the APS was installed, the price of the tank rose more than 10%, and the explosive power was too strong, causing friendly infantry to be injured around the tank, so the mass production stage excluded Hard-Kill APS. In K2-PIP, an improved version of K2, Hard-Kill APS will be added. The biggest reason why KAPS is more expensive than Israeli Trophy or Russian Arena and cannot be used due to infantry safety issues
Arena and thropy also explodes tho.
 

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Arena and thropy also explodes tho.
I think KAPS needs to be technically supplemented. And need to be able to produce it cheaper than Trophy or Arena.
 
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Mistake in the article or why is the tank being tested in eastern germany?

The climate here in germany and in norway aren't comparable at all. This seems weird to me.
 

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Mistake in the article or why is the tank being tested in eastern germany?

The climate here in germany and in norway aren't comparable at all. This seems weird to me.
This probably has to do with its rival Leopard. Or it is thought to be the purpose of testing the tank's performance in cold environments and various topographic environments
 

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This probably has to do with its rival Leopard. Or it is thought to be the purpose of testing the tank's performance in cold environments and various topographic environments
It does sound fishy to me. There shouldn't be any reason to test it in Germany as the tanks will be used in Norway. the climate in Germany isn't comparable with Norway, not during winter nor summer.
 

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It does sound fishy to me. There shouldn't be any reason to test it in Germany as the tanks will be used in Norway. the climate in Germany isn't comparable with Norway, not during winter nor summer.
According to an official at Hyundai Rotem, which is in charge of exporting K2 tanks, K2 will conduct additional tests in Germany after conducting cold weather tests in Norway. But I don't know in detail what kind of test K2 is taking in Germany.

Perhaps the test in Germany is aimed at testing the detailed performance of the tank. I think this is because Germany has a better environment and infrastructure to test the performance of tanks than Norway.
 
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Where did you get these sources? Wait, the K2 on the left side of the picture seems to be the original K2 used by the Korean military, but why did the original K2 come to Norway with K2NO? Do you know anything about this?
 

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Could it be that they're not in Germany yet ?

K2 looks very sleek. Did it have active protection system, and where is it located ?
 

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Could it be that they're not in Germany yet ?

K2 looks very sleek. Did it have active protection system, and where is it located ?
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That's the APS search radar in front of the tank turret. But that seems to be a Laser jamming APS, not a Hard-kill APS.

A Hyundai Rotem official said that the K2NO currently being tested contains Rafael's Trophy APS, but Elbit's Iron fist APS may be mounted later. Perhaps at the request of the Norwegian army, Rafael's trophy or Elbit's Iron fist will be mounted on the K2NO.

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The last prototype of the K2, unveiled in 2007, was mounted with a search & tracking radar for Hard-Kill APS on the front of the turret, and a grenade launcher was mounted at the top of the turret to neutralize explosives such as RPG.

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Currently produced K2 is mounted with only laser jamming radar to neutralize Anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) on the front of the turret, excluding Hard-Kill APS.
 

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