Korea Develops Wheeled Armored Vehicle

      June 08, 2016 11:19

      Korea has developed its first armored combat vehicle with ordinary wheels instead of caterpillar treads. It will be deployed warfare-ready next year.

      Research and development began in December 2012, and the vehicle passed the final test on May 9, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said Tuesday.

      Production will begin late this month and a total of 600 such vehicles will be produced by 2023.

      A newly-developed wheeled armored vehicle /Courtesy of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration

      The K200 and K21 armored vehicles in current service all have caterpillar treads and can make a maximum speed of about 70 km/h on ordinary roads.

      The new armored vehicle has eight tires and can make 100 km/h. With tactical tires and an air pressure regulator, it can move around in mountains and in water.

      The military expects it to improve infantry performance significantly. There will be two models -- a combat vehicle for search and reconnaissance missions in mountainous frontline areas and an infantry transport vehicle in rear areas.

      DAPA is also planning to develop models for anti-aircraft warfare and command posts.

      The vehicle is similar in terms of performance to the U.S. military's Stryker armored vehicle, deployed warfare-ready in 2002, or the Boxer jointly developed by Germany and the Netherlands, deployed warfare-ready in 2008. But it is only half the price.

      DAPA is also eyeing opportunities of selling it overseas.

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