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Rotem KW2

30-mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun


The Rotem KW2 SPAAG was developed as a private venture to meet a potential ROK Army requirement

Entered service ?
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 18.5 t
Length 7.2 m
Width 2.7 m
Height ?
Main gun 2 x 30-mm
Machine guns -
Projectile weight ?
Maximum slant range 3 km
Maximum firing range 8.8 km
Rate of fire ?
Elevation range - 10 to + 85 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun ?
Machine guns -
Engine Hyundai diesel
Engine power 420 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Range ~ 800 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 2 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m


   The KW2 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun was developed by Rotem as a private venture, to meet the potential requirement of the South Korean army. It is a member of the Rotem KW2 family or wheeled 8x8 armored vehicles. It is worth mentioning, that South Korean army plans to replace its tracked armored vehicles in the rapid deployment and internal security roles. It might supplement the tracked K30 Biho SPAAG. As far as it is known there were no production orders for this artillery system to date.

   The KW2 SPAAG is armed with two turret-mounted 30-mm anti-aircraft guns. This short-range air defense system id fitted with thermal / TV tracking system, laser rangefinder and advanced fire control system. Tracking range is over 7 km. It is an all-weather artillery systems which can operate under day or night conditions. A claimed effective range of fire against air targets is 3 km. It might be also used as a ground support weapon.

   Vehicle has a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver, however manufacturer suggests, that it can accommodate more operators. Driver is seated towards the front on the right side, with the diesel power pack to the left. Commander and gunner are seated in the turret.

   This self-propelled anti-aircraft gun is based on the 8x8 Rotem KW2 armored personnel carrier chassis. Vehicle is fitted with Hyundai diesel engine, developing 420 hp. The KW2 has an automatic driveline management system. It has a central tyre inflation system, which is adjusted from the drivers station, and is fitted with run-flat tyres.

   This artillery system has an all-welded armored hull. It provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. Vehicle can be fitted with add-on armor for a higher level of protection. It is also equipped with NBC protection system.






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