South Korea Defense Industry has developed two new types of wheeled armoured vehicles 10706161

Defence & Security News - South Korea
 
South Korea Defense Industry has developed two new types of wheeled armoured vehicles.
South Korea Defense Industry has developed new wheeled armored combat vehicles under the name of K808 and K806, that can greatly enhance the mobility and striking power of its infantry troops. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration’s (DAPA) wheeled armored vehicle project, undertaken by Hyundai Rotem since 2012, has been successfully completed, according a DAPA statement. (Source Yonhap News)
     
South Korea Defense Industry has developed new wheeled armored combat vehicles under the name of K808 and K806, that can greatly enhance the mobility and striking power of its infantry troops. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration’s (DAPA) wheeled armored vehicle project, undertaken by Hyundai Rotem since 2012, has been successfully completed, according a DAPA statement. New South Korean 8x8 armoured vehicle K808
     

Two armored combat vehicles, the K808 and K806, were developed under the project. The K808 is designed for speedy troop deployment and reconnaissance missions in front-line areas, including mountainous regions, while the K806 is intended for use in mobile strike and reconnaissance missions in the rear.

Currently, the South Korean military is operating the K200 and K21 tracked infantry combat armored vehicles, which are slower in speed compared with their wheeled counterparts.

A DAPA official said mass production will start this month to produce some 600 units of the new vehicles by 2023. "Deployment to troops will start next year," the official added.

The new vehicle is motorized with a Diesel engine developping 430 hp. ant it can run at a maximum speed of 100 km/h.

"The new wheeled armored vehicles, equipped with cutting-edge technologies, can move swiftly on the ground as well as cross water obstacles, carry heavy firepower and protect the troops inside from enemy machine gun attacks that will enormously increase infantry units' operability," the statement also said.

The new vehicles could later be configured to carry 30 millimeter anti-aircraft guns and be used as wheeled combat command centers, DAPA pointed out. DAPA said the new armored vehicles may find an export market, since they enjoy a price advantage and are more capable vehicles overall than those currently on the market.

"The success of the project has allowed the military to field a new weapon system that could carry out various operations in city and rear areas and meet the challenges of future battlefields like United Nations peacekeeping missions," Park Jin, a DAPA official in charge of combat vehicles, said. "This will dramatically contribute to boosting our military's strength."
     
South Korea Defense Industry has developed new wheeled armored combat vehicles under the name of K808 and K806, that can greatly enhance the mobility and striking power of its infantry troops. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration’s (DAPA) wheeled armored vehicle project, undertaken by Hyundai Rotem since 2012, has been successfully completed, according a DAPA statement.New South Korean 6x6 armoured vehicle K806
 

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