Why South Korea’s K2 Black Panther Tank Is Considered to Be One of the Best Tanks in the World

The K2 Black Panther is arguably the most advanced tank in service of any nation.
K2 Black Panther

The K2 Black Panther is the latest and greatest tank to come out of South Korea.

It has been hailed as the best tank on earth, and it’s easy to see why. With a combination of advanced technology and firepower, the K2 Black Panther is a force to be reckoned with.

The outstanding K2 Black Panther

The K2 Black Panther is a South Korean main battle tank introduced in 2014. The tank is designed to be highly mobile and capable of operating in all terrain, and it is considered to be one of the best tanks in the world.


K2 Black Panther
K2 Black Panther by KBS 뷰. Licensed under CC by 3.0.

The Black Panther is also equipped with a laser warning and advanced fire control systems. In addition, the tank has a high level of protection against chemical, biological, and nuclear threats.

With a length of 10.8 meters (35 feet 5 inches) and a width of 3.6 meters (11 feet 10 inches), it is a large tank. Also, it weighs 68 metric tons – making it heavier than even some mobile artillery pieces.

However, it’s still a very mobile tank and can even go deep into the rivers and mountainous areas of South Korea.


The Black Panther is powered by a German MTU diesel engine, which gives it a top speed of 70 kilometers per hour (43 mph) and a range of 450 kilometers (280 miles).

Additionally, the tank is equipped with state-of-the-art composite armor, which provides protection against HEAT (high-explosive anti-tank) and kinetic energy rounds.

대한민국 방위산업전(DX Korea)
대한민국 방위산업전(DX Korea) by the Republic of Korea Armed Forces. Licensed under CC by 2.0.

The tank has an active protection system, which uses sensors to detect incoming missiles or rockets and then fires countermeasures to destroy them.


Similarly, the tank has smoke grenade launchers, which can be used to create a smokescreen and protect the tank from imminent attacks.

사단 남한강 혹한기 훈련
사단 남한강 혹한기 훈련 by the Republic of Korea Armed Forces. Licensed under CC by 2.0.

The Black Panther is armed with a 120mm smoothbore gun capable of firing both standard ammunition and anti-tank guided missiles. It also has a coaxial machine gun and a heavy machine gun.

Why is the K2 Black Panther South Korean main battle tank so expensive?

The K2 was created to replace older tanks such as the M48 Patton or the Soviet T-80, which are being phased out but still in service with the Republic of Korea. But, its function is mainly to deter aggression from North Korea in the future.


The only controversial issue around this tank is its cost. It is one of the most expensive tanks in the world, costing over $8 million per unit. Some experts claim that the K2 is a necessary investment to deter North Korean aggression.

It is one of the most technologically advanced tanks in the world, and it features a number of innovative features that set it apart from its competitors.

대한민국 방위산업전(DX Korea) 육군의 명품 무기와 장비 소개
대한민국 방위산업전(DX Korea) 육군의 명품 무기와 장비 소개 by Republic of Korea Armed Forces. Licensed under CC by 2.0.

The use of composite materials in its construction makes the tank solid but agile while also increasing its resistance to corrosion and damage from enemy fire.


In addition, the K2 is equipped with a state-of-the-art targeting system, which allows it to engage targets at extended ranges with pinpoint accuracy.

The Black Panther is an exceptionally well-designed tank

The K2 Black Panther is undoubtedly a tank with outstanding abilities – and although these abilities are translated in its price, it’s undoubtedly a worthy competitor to any other tank in the world, including the Abrams.

Featured image credit: K2 by Republic of Korea Armed Forces. Licensed under CC by 2.0.