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S. Korea’s K2 Black Panther boosts Romania’s defense capabilities

S. Korea's K2 Black Panther boosts Romania's defense capabilities
By Newsroom
Jun 1, 2024 4:17 PM

Romania continues to enhance its defense capacity by hosting the Black Sea Defense Aerospace Exhibition (BSDA), where numerous Turkish defense industry giants participate.

Recently, Romania signed a billion-dollar contract with Türkiye’s Otokar for the Cobra II. Additionally, Romania has shown interest in acquiring Turkish missile systems, further enhancing its defense infrastructure. South Korea is also eyeing opportunities in Romania, hoping to secure a contract for hundreds of K2 Black Panther tanks, marking their second foothold in Europe after Poland.

Romania held a dynamic demonstration of the K2 Black Panther tank, showcasing its performance to guests. This tank, along with M1A2 SEP V3 Abrams tanks, could become a significant part of Bucharest’s armored forces. Romania plans to acquire up to 300 tanks as part of a broader cooperation on weapon systems, negotiating optimal delivery terms and technical support, which is more difficult with traditional suppliers like the U.S. or Germany.

South Korea’s willingness to comply with these terms is evident in their agreement to substantial penalties in the K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers deal. They are relatively new to the international arms trade, but they are building their reputation. The K2 Black Panther’s design, similar to the Leclerc tank, emphasizes crew safety, maintaining a consistent firing rate, and incorporating modern features like reactive armor and the Korean Active Protection System (KAPS), akin to the Israeli Trophy HV.

Last Updated:  Jun 5, 2024 4:47 PM