Hanwha Defense eyes global armored vehicle market

Published : 2016-06-17 17:33
Updated : 2016-06-17 17:35

Eurosatory defense exposition

[THE INVESTOR] Hanwha Defense Systems announced on June 17 that it has signed a 7.5 million euro (US$ 8.4 million) gun turret supply deal with CMI Defence at the Eurosatory defense exposition.

CMI Defence is a Belgium based military equipment maker that specializes in weapons systems for armored vehicles.

Under the contract, Hanwha will be supplied with 105 mm gun turret, which will then be used in building light infantry fighting vehicle based on the K21. The K21-based vehicle will be designed solely for export, Hanwha Defense said.

Hanwha Defense, formerly known as Doosan DST, has been showcasing infantry fighting vehicles built with CMI Defence products in recent years at international shows to analyze the market.

According to Hanwha Defense chief Shin Hyun-woo, the global market has higher demand for infantry fighting vehicles than for tanks.

He added that the company plans to combine CMI Defence’s turret with the K21 to design a new model for exports.

By Choi He-suk (


K21-105 Light tank


The K21-105 is a new light tank. It was jointly developed by CMI Defence of Belgium and Doosan DST of South Korea. It seems that this vehicle was first publicly revealed in 2014.

The K21-105 is basically a South Korean K21 infantry fighting vehicle fitted with a Belgian CMI Defense CT-CV 105HP two-man turret. This combination provides significant direct fire capability, based on relatively light and mobile chassis. The K21-105 is cheaper and more strategically and tactically mobile comparing with main battle tanks. Also is cheaper to produce and to maintain comparing with main battle tanks.

Earlier, in 2013, a prototype light tank, based on the K-21 IFV has been revealed. It was developed by the same companies. It also used the chassis of the K21 IFV, but was fitted with XC-8 lightweight concept turret, armed with a 120-mm gun. Most likely that the K21-105 evolved from this project.

Cockerill XC-8 120HP turret on the Doosan K21

Cockerill XC-8 120HP turret on the Doosan K21 Image

The K21-105 is being referred as medium tank by its developers. However this armored machine weights around 25 t. By current standards it is rather a light tank.

The main role of this tank is to support infantry. It is effective against armored and soft skin vehicles, buildings and fortifications. Also it has secondary anti-tank capability. This system may not be very effective against modern main battle tanks, unless attacking from ambush. However it is likely to defeat most widespread tanks that North Korea has.

Composite materials were extensively used in the hull design in order to save weight wherever possible. The front arc provides protection against 30-mm armor-piercing rounds. All-round protection is against 14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds and artillery shell splinters. Vehicle is also fitted with automatic fire suppression and NBC protection systems.


This light tank is armed with a fully-stabilized 105-mm rifled low-recoil gun. It fires all standard NATO 105-mm ammunition. It can fire newly-developed smart ammunition. Maximum range of fire is 4 km.

This tank is also compatible with Falarick 105 gun-launched anti-tank missiles. The Falarick missile is of Ukrainian origin. It is used to engage heavily-armored vehicles at long ranges. Missiles are launched in the same manner as ordinary rounds The missile has a semi-automatic laser guidance with tandem warhead. The Falarick 105 penetrates no less than 550 mm behind explosive reactive armor. Maximum range of fire is 5 km.

Falarick 105 gun-launched anti-tank missile


Co-developed with the State Kyiv Design Bureau “Luch”, the Falarick 105 is a 105 mm calibre missile specifically designed to be launched from the Cockerill CV gun, itself a proprietary development by CMI Defence.

With its laser beam guidance system, the Falarick 105 is able to wipe out fixed & moving armoured targets, helicopters and fortifications at a distance of 5 kilometres. Its tandem hollow-charged warhead allows it to destroy targets under 550 mm of armour and behind ERA or their equivalent.

This tank has a bustle-mounted automatic ammunition loading system. Maximum rate of fire is 8 rounds per minute. Ammunition is stored in the bustle compartment, that is separated from the crew.

There is a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. Also a roof-mounted remotely controlled weapon station with 12.7-mm machine gun is optional.

This tank has advanced fire control system. It can engage targets both at day and at night.

The K21-105 is operated by a crew of 3, including commander, gunner, and driver.

Vehicle is powered by a turbocharged diesel engine, developing 750 hp. This engine is more powerful than that, used on the K-21 IFV. Vehicle has a hydropneumatic suspension and advanced running gear. The new tank retains its amphibious capability at full combat weight. Only minimum preparation is required in order to ford water obstacles. Automatic floatation bags are activated before entering the water. On water this tank is powered by its tracks.

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