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The country's next-generation main battle tank equipped with advanced weapons systems will be deployed in the military by 2010, a state-run defense research institute said on Tuesday.
During the Korea Ground Forces Festival 2005, the Agency for Defense Development (ADD) made public the Korea Next-Generation Main Battle Tank (KNMBT).
The Army's five-day event started simultaneously in Seoul and Chungcheong and Gyeonggi provinces earlier in the day.
The agency has spent about 240 billion won ($230 million) for the development of the battle tank since 1995.
The 55-ton KNMBT features various enhanced functions compared to the existing K1M1 tanks. It is equipped with a 55-caliber 120 millimeter gliding gun with increased penetrating power. A sophisticated missile guidance system, dubbed “fire and forget,” will also be applied to the tank, according to the officials.
With the fire and forget system, missiles can hit targets without further guidance, even if they are moving, they said.
The ADD also displayed next-generation rifles that can use both 20 millimeter high explosive round and standard 5.56 millimeter ammunition. Among the main features of the new rifle are the laser distance measurement system and the precise aiming system for day and night.