South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem will begin mass-producing its K806 and K808 wheeled armoured combat vehicles later this year after the vehicles completed a series of field tests by Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) units between April and August, the country’s Defense Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA) said on 10 September.
The move comes after Hyundai Rotem announced in December 2017 that it had been awarded a contract to start series production of the vehicles. Although the DAPA did not disclose how many platforms the company is under contract to build for the RoKA, Jane’s reported in September 2016 that the service has a total requirement for around 100 16-tonne 6×6 K806 vehicles and 500 20-tonne 8×8 K808s.
Hyundai Rotem is thought to have capacity to build around 100 of these vehicles a year, which are expected to be outfitted with a one-person protected weapon station armed with an M2 HB machine gun.
As Jane’s previously reported, the K806 and K808 share many of the same performance characteristics. According to specifications supplied by the manufacturer, the vehicles are powered by a 420 hp Hyundai Motor Company diesel engine that provides a maximum road speed of 100 km/h via a seven-speed automatic transmission. They are operated by a two-person crew with accommodation for up to nine fully equipped troops.
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