SEOUL, Dec. 31 (Korea Bizwire) — Locally made flail tanks that can detect and remove land mines have made a debut on the front lines, the arms procurement agency said Wednesday.
The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) had delivered the first mass-produced batches of mine-clearing tanks developed by Hyundai Rotem Co., a South Korean train and defense equipment maker, to the military.
Hyundai Rotem is an affiliate of Hyundai Motor Group, South Korea’s biggest carmaker.
The first mass-produced models were deployed in an Army engineering unit on the front lines.
The DAPA plans to complete the full-scale deployment of the mine-clearing tanks by 2023.
The tank, which is operated by two crew members, is mounted with a large-sized plow on the front to dig the ground to remove land mines.
It is also designed to incapacitate mines by emitting a magnetic field.
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