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Rotem Jupiter

120-mm fire support vehicle

Rotem Jupiter

The Rotem Jupiter has the same firepower as the latest generation main battle tanks

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 3 + 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight over 20 t
Length (gun forward) ~ 8.5 m
Hull length ~ 7.2 m
Width ~ 2.7 m
Height ~ 3 m
Armament
Main gun 120-mm
Barrel length ?
Maximum range of fire ?
Rate of fire ?
Machine guns ?
Elevation range ?
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun ?
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine Hyundai diesel
Engine power 420 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Range ~ 800 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m

 

   The Jupiter fire support vehicle was developed by Rotem, which is a part of Hyundai Motors Group. This machine was developed as a private venture to meet a possible requirement of the South Korean army. The Jupiter is a member of Rotem KW2 family of wheeled 8x8 armored vehicles. In 2016 a baseline version of this family, the 8x8 armored personnel carrier, was adopted by the South Korean Army as the K808. However it is unknown weather the 120 mm fire support vehicle will be produced.

   South Korean army plans to produce and deploy 600 wheeled armored vehicles with 6x6 and 8x8 configurations until 2020. These will replace tracked armored vehicles in the rapid deployment and internal security roles. Rotem developed the whole family of 6x6 and 8x8 vehicles to meet the South Korean army requirement. And Jupiter was one of them. The baseline vehicle is the KW1 Scorpion armored personnel carrier with 6x6 configuration. Eventually Rotem won the competition for production of these military machines. However as far as it is known there were no production orders for Jupiter artillery system to date.

  This vehicle has the same firepower as the latest generation main battle tanks. The Jupiter is armed with a 120-mm smoothbore gun. It is compatible with all standard NATO ammunition. It seems that this gun has an autoloader. In terms of firepower the Rotem Jupiter outperforms older main battle tanks and all other fire support vehicles, typically armed with 105-mm guns. Currently only Italian Centauro and Centauro 2 are available with a 120-mm guns. So this South Korean fire support vehicle pose great threat to main battle tanks. However vehicles of this type are usually used for infantry support, reconnaissance, patrol, convoy escort and other tasks, but are not intended to engage main battle tanks head-on.

   Vehicle has an all-welded steel armor hull and turret. It provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. It is likely that front arc withstands hits from 12.7-mm armor-piercing rounds. Add-on modular armor can be fitted for a higher level of protection. Vehicle is also fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

   It seems that this fire support vehicle is operated by a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver. Also there are extra seats for two more soldiers at the rear of the hull.

   The Rotem Jupiter is powered by Hyundai turbocharged diesel engine, developing 420 hp. Engine is located at the front. Engine is mated to automatic transmission with 7 forward and 1 reverse speeds. The Jupiter has an automatic driveline management system. It is also fitted with a central tyre inflation system and has run-flat tyres. Both two front axles are steered. The baseline Scorpion APC is fully amphibious. However larger Rotem Jupiter lost its amphibious capability due to increased weight.

 

 
Rotem Jupiter

Rotem Jupiter

Rotem Jupiter

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