Some Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) units have been operating a locally developed small tactical vehicle in field tests since January, the country's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced in a 5 April statement.
Referred to by manufacturer Kia Motors as the Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV), both standard- and long-wheelbase versions of the vehicle have been delivered to units such as the RoKA's 12th Division and the Marine Corps' 2nd Division.
These two LTV versions are set to replace the RoKA's ageing K-131 (Kia Motors KM420) light utility vehicles and K-311A1 (Kia Motors KM450) cargo trucks.
Mass production of the LTV, which appears to be modelled after the AM General High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), is expected to begin in the second half of 2017 to meet additional army requirements, said DAPA without disclosing the number of vehicles on order.
According to Jane's Land Warfare Platforms: Logistics, Support, & Unmanned, South Korea has developed several variants of this LTV: an armoured command vehicle (four seats), an armoured personnel carrier (eight seats), a multi-purpose vehicle, a shop van, an armoured reconnaissance vehicle, and a communications system vehicle.
Potential future variants include an ambulance, an anti-tank guided-weapon carrier, an NBC reconnaissance vehicle, and a surface-to-air missile (SAM) variant.
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