How do the next generation of Asian tanks compare?

Considering that some First World countries have trouble keeping their bridges intact, I'd not bee too hard on Korea or Japan. Witness, say, the I-35W Bridge Collapse (, the recent collapse in Pittsburgh (, the Silver Bridge collapse (, or this closed bridge in Memphis (

Bridges are fatigue-loaded structures. In the US, many were designed and built before the increase in permitted truck weights under the Reagan administration with no corresponding increases in maintenance spending or funding to replace them when their now severely diminished service lives expired.
I would assume that bridges are important for mobility of heavy vehicles - including tanks...
I would assume that bridges are important for mobility of heavy vehicles - including tanks...

Yes, certainly.
As a general clue, I would recommend to make the relation to the topic a bit clearer.
well on the subject of weight and Asian tank designs. the Type 10 and K2 are fundamentally different.

the Type 10 is designed to supplement the Type 90. The Type 90 was intended to stay mostly north in Hokkaido which is larger, flatter, and colder. the Type 10 was designed to be lighter, smaller, and more suited to the rest of Japan which isn't so much tank country. Thats why its around 40-48 tons depending on load.

The K2 is a more traditional tank similar in size to the LeClerc.
While both countries have less than ideal geography for Tanks, South Korea is a bit better in that regard compared to 3 out of 4 Japan's main islands.
Old news - see here for some updates but there isn't much:

Outdated and inaccurate article.

The automatic grenade launcher is 30mm AGS-30 which has been know for years even before M2020 as it was mounted on previous MBTs.

APS system has been tested.
APS system has been tested.
I presume you are referring to the likes of the following:


A single video
how much is K2 hull based on K1 ? they are looking very similar

Not much. I also dont think they look similar.

the K1 relied significantly on US input, and why it looks like a small M1 Abrams tank.
Since there were a lot of US controls over the K1 due to its contributions to the development of the tank
the K2 had to break away from this and use more domestic designs
My 2 cent on the Japanese Type 10.
More especially on the weight and bridge topic.
According to Japan, the heavier Type 90 is used in area where there is less to no bridge because around 2/3 of Japanese bridges are deemed unpracticable for the Type 90 due to its weight.
In the western world, and more precisely in Europe, I remember reading that the issue plagues "only" around 40% of bridges.
Basically, Type 10 is made to replace the older Type 74.
I think that the Type 90 deserve some upgrades or new models, but the production stopped in 2009, so I don't think it will happen.

Regarding a Japanese APS
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