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Black Fox / Tarantula

South Korea's Doosan DST announced in May 2013 the completion of production of an armored combat vehicle for the Indonesian Army. Doosan DST does not list this vehicle as part of its portfolio, although possibly it was once under consideration for the South Korean Army requirement for a wheeled APC [or possibly not, since it has a distinctive wheel spacing not noted in Doosan's other offerings, but seen in Hyundai Rotem's KW1 6x6]. The 6X6 carries a crew of three, weighs 18 tons, has a maximum land speed of about 60 mph and a speed of nearly 5 mph in water. Armaments include a 90mm gun and a 7.62mm machine gun. The vehicle has been named the Tarantula by the Indonesians.

"The heavy armored wheeled vehicles that will be exported have been manufactured tailored to the Indonesian terrain and thus is lighter and can be operated in the water," the South Korean company said. "Also, by arming these vehicles with a 90mm main gun and a 7.62mm machine gun, these vehicles possess the fire power capable of attacking dense enemy units as well as enemy tanks. At the same time, they are known as combat armored vehicles that can be operated for guerrilla search-and-destroy operations.

Doosan DST signed a heavy armored wheeled vehicle contract in 2009 with the Indonesian army and commenced production of these vehicles in November 2011. After carrying out operational tests along with firing and field maneuvering tests starting in early 2012, Doosan DST announced on 5 May that the production of its 6X6 heavy armored wheeled vehicle had been completed in early May 2013.

Prior to this announcement, DAPA officials, Indonesian inspectors, and affiliated companies held a roll-out ceremony on 2 May for the heavy armored wheeled vehicle that would be delivered to the Indonesian army. The number of heavy armored wheeled vehicles that would be delivered to the Indonesian army is 43 units. Doosan DST is responsible for manufacturing the armored vehicle and assembling the turret. Also, an Indonesian arms factory will assemble a further [unreported] SKD-type armored vehicles on site in Indonesia.

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