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K21  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): December 2009
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: K-10 and K-21
Origin: South Korea
Corporations: Doosan DST
Parent System: K21
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): December 2009
Total Production: ?
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Description: The K21 is a 25-ton class, medium armored, high mobility, amphibious, tracked infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) designed and manufactured by Doosan DST to meet the requirements of the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) in the 21st century. Its development started in 1999 and the first serial production vehicles were handed over to the RoKA in November/December 2009. Compared to existing RoKA armored personnel carriers such as the K200A1, the K21 offers enhanced armor protection, increased firepower, mobility and the ability to coordinate with main battle tanks (MBTs) using digital communications and combat management systems commonly referred to network-centric warfare capability. Doosan SDT was awarded two contracts in 2008 and 2009 worth more than $1 billion for continued mass production until 2012.

The K-21 armored vehicle features a two-am turret equipped with a 40mm automatic cannon with a rate of fire of 300 rounds per minute, a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and third generation anti-tank guided missile system. The weapon system is intended to engage surface targets such as infantrymen and armored vehicles as well as aircraft flying at low altitudes and low speeds. The diesel powerplant developing 750-hp allows a top speed on road of 70 kilometers per hour (kph) or 40-kph cross country. The vehicle is equipped with lateral floats for amphibious operations needing just 15 minutes to setting them up. The K21 carries a crew of three men (driver, gunner and commander) with a squad of nine fully-equipped infantrymen in the troops compartment. Overall, Doosan DST claims that the K-21 is superior to the United States M2A3 Bradley and Russian BMP-3 tracked armored vehicles.

K21 Specifications

Crew: 3
Troops: 9
Dimensions
Ground Clearance: 0.46 millimeter (0.02 inch)
Main Gun Caliber: 40 millimeter
Percent
Gradient: 60 %
Side Slope: 30 %
Performance
Ditch Crossing Ability: 2.50 meter (98 inch)
Max Range: 450 kilometer (280 mile)
Step Climbing Ability: 0.80 meter (31.5 inch)
Power
Power: 750 hp (560 kW)
Rates
Max Rate of Fire: 300 roundperminute
Speed
Cross Country Speed: 40 kph (11.1 mps)
Top Speed: 70 kph (43 mph)
Top Swimming Speed: 7 kph (3.78 knot)
Volume
Fuel Tank Capacity: 750 liter (197 galon)
Weight
Combat Weight: 25 ton (55,115 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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K21 News

There are 2 news between
23 Mar 2009 and 21 Dec 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009Doosan DST Signs Phase 2 Contract for K-21 Infantry Combat Armored Vehicles
Monday, March 23, 2009LLN-G1 Inertial Navigation Unit Selected for Korean K21 Infantry Fighting Vehicle

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