KAFV-30M

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KAFV-30M

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Brief History
The Korean Armoured Fighting Vehicle (KAFV) was a program undertaken in the late 1990s to mount a number of different turrets and weapons on a K200A1 KIFV hull, primarily for the export market. However, none of the vehicles were successful. The K200 KIFV itself was based on the American M113, and the two share a number of characteristics. The K200A1 was an upgraded variant, featuring a better engine, transmission and survivability.

Characteristics
The KAFV-30M, referred to in sales brochures as simply ‘30mm Turret Vehicle (MT30K)’, mounts an optionally-stabilised 30mm Mauser MK30 autocannon in an unmanned MT30K turret. This gun is mounted on the Spanish/Austrian ASCOD IFV, and a derivative of which is mounted on the German PUMA IFV. It can fire HE, APDS and APFSDS rounds (any round in NATO standard 30 x 173mm range). The gun can depress -8º/+50º, and can traverse 90º/second horizontally and 40º/second vertically. The turret has 4 smoke grenades on one side.

The K200A1 chassis has a 350hp engine, capable of reaching a top speed of 70km/h. The vehicle weighs 13.9t in total, of which 1.9t tons are the turret. The vehicle has a crew of 3 – 1 driver, 1 gunner and 1 commander, all of which are in the hull.

The vehicle is thinly armoured – it has a base aluminium structure, with add-on spaced armour all around. It is said to only protect against 12.7mm rounds frontally and along the sides.

Conclusion
The KAFV-30M would be a fun light tank or SPAA for a future United Korean tech tree, or alternatively a South Korean sub-tree. Depending on how it’s implemented (i.e. with APFSDS or not, with a stabiliser or not, etc.) it could fulfil a number of different roles.

Specifications
Armament

  • Mauser MK 30
    • HE-IT
      • 9mm at 0º at 10m
    • APDS
      • 87mm at 0º at 10m
    • APFSDS
      • 116mm at 0º at 10m
  • Elevation angles
    • -8º/+50º
  • Traverse speed
    • 90º/second horizontal
    • 40º/second vertical

Armour

  • Spaced armour, resists 12.7mm rounds across the front and sides

Mobility

  • Speed
    • 70km/h
  • Weight
    • 13.895t
  • Engine power
    • 350hp, 25.19hp/t

Images

Spoiler

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Sources

Spoiler

https://web.archive.org/web/20110928063153/http://www.doosan.com/doosandst/en/cp_pdf/KIFV.pdf

Sales brochure


https://www.forecastinternational.com/samples/F651_CompleteSample.pdf
Bushmaster 2 Mk.44 (30 mm) - War Thunder Wiki
K200 - 나무위키

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