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Also Known As: K281A1
Origin: South Korea
Corporations: Doosan DST
Parent System: KIFV
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1984
Total Production: ?
Family Members: K200A1, K216, K263, K277, K288A1, KAFV30, KAFV30M, KAFV40 and KAFV90
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Description: The Republic of Korea's K200 is an amphibious light armored personnel carrier developed by Daewoo Heavy Industries & Machinery, Doosan Infracore and now Doosan DST, based upon the United States Army's Advanced Infantry Fighting Vehicle (AIFV) design intended as a potential replacement for the M113 armored personnel carrier which finally led to the development of the M2 Bradley. Doosan DST developed a complete family of armored vehicles based on the K200/Korean Infantry Fighting Vehicle (KIFV) tracked chassis. These vehicles are powered by a Doosan D2848T diesel engine rated at 350-hp and weigh roughly 12-14 tons. The vehicle's armor provides ballistic protection against 12.7mm ammo in the forward and sideward sections and against 7.62mm ammo in the rearward while the vehicle's also provides protection against anti-personnel mines downward and 155mm artillery splinters upward. The Korean Army took delivery of first K200 armored vehicle in 1984. Several thousands vehicles have been produced for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA). So far, Malaysia remains as the sole export customer.

The K242A1 and K281A1 are 106mm(4.2-inch) and 81mm mortar carriers respectively derived from K200A1 tracked chassis. The crew for K242A1 consists of five men with two more men on the K281A1 mortar carrier. These mortar carriers are fitted with .50 (12.7mm) caliber machine gun as secondary armament. The K242A1 and K281A1 mortar carriers ammunition capacity is for 70 rounds or 99 rounds respectively.

K242A1 Specifications

Ammunition Load: 70
Crew: 5
Main Gun Caliber: 106 millimeter
Gradient: 60 %
Side Slope: 30 %
Ditch Crossing Ability: 1.68 meter
Max Range: 480 kilometer
Step Climbing Ability: 0.63 meter
Power: 350 hp (261 kW)
Ground Pressure: 0.64 kg/cm2
Top Speed: 70 kph (19.4 mps)
Top Swimming Speed: 6 kph (3.24 knot)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 400 liter
Combat Weight: 13,200 kilogram
Empty Weight: 12,000 kilogram
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